The decision has been taken but parents are still wary.The Directorate of Education (DoE) has been informed by the office of the lieutenant governor of Delhi that for the 2014-15 session,the process of nursery admissionspoints assigned to categories or parameters-followed by most private unaided schools in the city remains unchanged.
The Delhi high court had directed the LG to take a call on the matter and DoE officials have said theyll seek more time for LG to decide on long-term changes.
While many parents are relieved that the old system continues for this session,the possibility of the high court upsetting things has some worried.They are wondering if this means delays in the process.
So when do we expect the forms for schools to be out asks a parent.This means admissions might not start from January1
like every year and more delay in admissions and parents getting stuck, says another.Many parents who are unaware of what happened last year feel the points system should be common for all schools.Also many parents are in panic mode regarding admission dates.People feel admissions might be delayed and not start from January 1,2014, says Expert. However,officials have said they will issue general guidelines like they do every year.The routine will also be broadly the same, said an official.
The LG decision has especially peeved lawyer-activist Khagesh Jha who had challenged the categorization and the points system in court in the first place.The high court directed the LG to take decision on Social Jurist representation within 12 weeks in September 2013.For all these months they did nothing and now they want still more time to decide.The truth is the points system and categorization are legally indefensible and they know it.All they can do is constantly delay the process.There was no rush.This discussions been on for years, says Jha.
The lawyer-activists group Social Jurist has challenged the system of categorization,arguing that distance proximity to schoolis the only legally valid criterion.
The other parameters,including sibling (points to younger siblings of alreadyenrolled students) and alumni (points to children of alumni),amount to screening and are,therefore,not permissible by the Right to Education Act,2009,the group argues.The high courts decision to not interfere with current guidelines has also been challenged by Social Jurist in the Supreme Court.
COUNT YOUR PLUSES
For nursery admission,schools will assign points,totalling 100,for different parameters
Categories common to most schools
Neighbourhood | Sibling | Alumni | First child | Girl child
Children of transferable employees | Single parent | Minority communities
Parents with inter-cultural background | Parents contribution to community | Children of state/ national awardees | Vegetarians | Non-smokers | Teetotalers | Promotion of Indian heritage/exceptional achievement/ significant inspirational work for the nation