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Delhi Nursery Admission- Fees Paid,Uniforms And Books Bought,But Validity Of Admission In Doubt

 In the first half of Friday,teachers of Maharaja Agrasen Public School in Pitampura emailed and SMSed parents of kids admitted to nursery till April 9 that the session was beginning on April 15.Soon they were repeating the exercise,says principal Punam Gupta,to announce that it wasnt happening.
At many schools around the city,fees have been paid,uniforms and books bought and invites for orientation programmes sent out.But,with Supreme Court staying the April 3 Delhi High Court order allowing nursery admissions for those with confirmed seats,its back to the waiting game.While nursery classes will not begin on April 15,theyre not sure if the admissions made till April 9 are valid anymore.
Out of the 225 seats,124 had been claimed, says Gupta,Some have bought uniforms and books.Some of these seats have gone to siblings but there are 70-pointers as well and they are ones Im worried about.
Schools that put things on hold the moment the process seemed uncertain are better off.Ameeta Mulla Wattal,principal,Springdales School (Pusa Road) and chairperson,National Progressive Schools Conference,has been asking school authorities to be patient from the start and wait for the courts to arrive at a final set of rules.No draws have been held after February 27 (when the transfer points were scrapped) at Springdales.Wattal says she wasnt going to start the session with just a part of the class on April 15 in any case.We cant do this in a piecemeal manner, she says.They should come up with a final set of rules so we can go ahead.The order on disability is also yet to be notified.
Laxman Public School principal Usha Ram too is glad shed chosen to not admit any 70-pointers.There are 43 seats.If transfer points get reintroduced,Ill just take that number out of the 43 and hold adraw for the rest.Its simple, says Ram.But the stay is very surprising.We have held half the orientation and it was DoE that gave us the go-ahead.
The frequent changes in the nursery admission process and schedule are beginning to affect the schools regular functioning.Typically,at Agrasen,nursery classes begin two days before the rest.That way,we can have more than one teacher for each class to help the kids feel comfortable.
This time we wont have that extra help, says Gupta.They had already made five sections of eight on Friday.LV Sehgal,principal,Bal Bharati Public School,Ganga Ram Hospital Marg,says schools use the month before summer vacations to help children settle down.Now,he says,it seems likely that classes will not begin before July.
Parents are calling up schools in panic.They are tense and school authorities are anxious, says Sehgal.This time,most of them have deposited the fee,and for the rest,we thought wed know by April 16. Jyoti Arora,principal,Mount Abu Public School,Rohini,is telling parents to follow the news.EVERY YEAR A STRUGGLE


2007 |

Delhi government allows schools to formulate own criteria for admitting children 

2010 |

HRD ministry issues notification allowing categorization;Delhi government issues one based on MHRD notification
Social Jurist challenges both MHRD and DoE notifications,claiming categorization is not permissible under RTE Act,2009 and that it amounts to screening 

Feb,2013 |

HC rules RTE Act not admissible with respect to nursery admissions;RTE applicable for kids below 6 only in the case of EWS admissions.MHRD notification invalidated;2007 notification back into force which has provision for aggrieved parties to appeal to LG
Social Jurist writes to LG requesting amendment to the Recognised Schools (Admission Procedure for Pre-Primary Class) Order,2007 

Apr |

When LG doesnt decide on the matter,fresh petition filed in HC seeking direction to LG 

Sept |

HC directs LG to take decision on Social Jurist representation in three months 

Dec 9 |

DoE announces it has received instruction from LG office that the present criteria for admission to primary,preprimary and nursery schools should continue for the admission process for 2014.DoE also says it will seek more time from HC for LG to decide on long-term changes 

Dec 18 |

LG issues fresh order following protests;DoE issues revised nursery guidelines;fixes points system 

Dec 27 |

LG allows order to be amended 

Jan 15,2014 |

Admission process begins as per new guidelines 

Feb 26 |

Three sets of parents go to court: two want transfer points withdrawn;third wants seats reserved for differently-abled children.Government withdraws points for transfer;HC orders fresh draws.HC also asks schools to keep 3% seats vacant while the government conducts a survey on capacity and infrastructure of schools and the number of candidates in the category 

Feb 27 |

DoE issues new guidelinesredraw for only those seats vacated by transfer cases.Erstwhile transfer cases to re-contest with 70 points.Last date for first list pushed back from February 28 to March 15 

Mar 6 |

HC orders re-draw for all 70-pointers when transfer category applicants challenge DoEs decision to allow partial re-draw.Those who lose seats turn their ire on alumni and sibling categories 

Mar 7 |

Fresh petition filed against alumni points 

Mar 11 |

Another group of parents of kids selected through nullified first draw approaches HC 

Mar 12 |

Entire nursery admission process stayed till Mar 24 

Apr 3 |

HC lifts stay on admissions for those who have secured confirmed seats.First draws conducted by schools still valid except for transfer cases
Stay on further draws till next hearing on April 16 when HC will decide on transfers and remaining 70-pointers
Those with seats ordered to decide and pay fees by April 9 

Apr 4 |

DoE notifies order,permits schools to begin session with the lot that has been admitted on April 15 

Apr 9 |

First round of admissions closes 

Apr 11 |

Supreme Court stays HCs April 3 order

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