Nursery admissions in city schools for the 2015-16 session are likely to begin in mid-December. DPI(S) Kamlesh Kumar has called a meeting of officials and principals in the first week of December to decide on a common admission schedule.
Last year, the process had begun in November. This year, it has got delayed because the DPI(S) is away until month-end.
The schedule will be applicable to 65 government schools which have nursery classes and 80 private schools.
Last year, when the system was introduced, all schools followed the common schedule. This year, however, Vivek High School in Sector 38 opened its registration desks for nursery classes on Tuesday, without waiting for the common schedule.
H S Mamik, school chairman, said, “The Education Department started this experiment last year, but if they wanted to continue with this pattern, they should have issued the guidelines by October.”
He added, “It has been 20 years that we begin our admissions on this date and we cannot delay it because the administration has to first hold a meeting and then decide and release a schedule.”
Other private schools, however, are waiting for the announcement of a common schedule. Once this is finalised, they will update their websites with details like the number of seats available in various categories, age criteria, fee structure and the point system they will follow.
The four missionary schools will, like last year, have a separate schedule. These are St John’s School in Sector 26, Carmel Convent School in Sector 9, St Anne’s Convent School in Sector 32 and Sacred Heart School in Sector 26.
Different schools have different criteria for admission, like first come, first served basis, a point system, and draw of lots. They also have quotas, like those for siblings of students already studying in the school, children of alumnus, staff and the children residing in the neighbourhood.