city anchor: Delhi nursery admission tough,parents look at NCR schools

Wary of complicated rules for admission to nursery classes,parents are making a beeline for schools in the NCR where admissions opened in September.

Written by Naveed Iqbal | New Delhi | Published: October 16, 2012 1:34 am

Wary of complicated rules for admission to nursery classes,parents are making a beeline for schools in the NCR where admissions opened in September.

In Delhi,schools are yet to begin the admission process for nursery classes as they are waiting for Directorate of Education to release guidelines.

Cambridge School (Noida) vice-principal A K Bakshi said: “The number of admission seekers in Delhi is more than the number of seats in Delhi schools as of now. So,for parents,Noida becomes a favourable option. Also,NCR starts the admission process earlier than Delhi. Getting a seat takes off a lot of burden from the parents’ minds.”

Bal Bharati School (Noida) principal Asha Prabhakar said Noida has a number of good schools. “There is a sense of insecurity among parents in Delhi as there is a shortage of seats. We get a lot of applications from Sarita Vihar,Mayur Vihar and the surrounding areas,” Prabharkar said.

She said this year more than 25 per cent of the total applications received by the school were from Delhi.

Parents are also happy to get an assured seat for their child. Riya Sidana,who lives in North Delhi,said: “I had heard about parents applying in more than 20 schools and still ending up nowhere.”

Sidana chose Scottish High School in Gurgaon for her twins. The school admits students on first-come,first-serve basis.

But there are a few schools in NCR that follow the point system,used in Delhi. The Shri Ram School in Gurgaon admits students based on a 100-point scale,of which 25 per cent marks are based on an essay to be written by the parent on “relative role of parents and educators”. Thirty-five points are awarded to staff or sibling or alumni category.

Sumit Vohra,founder admissionsnursery.com,told Newsline,“In NCR,the admission process starts from end of August and goes on till December. Some schools follow point system,draw of lots,first-come first-serve and more than 90 per cent of the schools do screening.”

He said many parents from Delhi are planning to block seats in Noida and Gurgaon schools,and then check if they can get a seat in a Delhi school for their child.

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