Criticizing the new guidelines for nursery admissions, the private schools of Delhi have decided to draft a letter to the Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung demanding modifications in the guidelines.
Delhi’s private schools are left with bitter taste in mouth due to the new guidelines for nursery admissions whereby all the private schools would follow a common criterion for admissions. With the doing away of management quota which carried 20% weightage, the schools are now left with no significant say on admissions.
Private schools associations across Delhi complain of drastic changes been made to the admission process without any former discussion with them. The new guidelines further ignore a 2002 Supreme Court judgment that says private institutions which do not receive any financial grant from the government must be allowed a certain amount of freedom in the matter of admission and fees.
The new guidelines include selection will be based on criteria including the neighbourhood where a child lives, and whether they have a sibling studying in the school. Especially the ‘neighbourhood’ criterion which allots 70 points to kids living within the radius of 6kms from the school has not gone down too well with the parents, as many believe that a more dissected system of grading could have been better in a city like Delhi, than allotting a fixed 70%.
Parents with a single boy child find the 5% quota for girls adding to the woes.