With the Delhi High Court laying down new guidelines for those applying for nursery admission under the economically weaker section (EWS) category,the wait for many children in this category just got longer.
A day after the court order,parents whose children had been selected for admission through draw of lots were thoroughly confused. Many schools held back the EWS list which will now be reworked,taking into consideration the neighbourhood criterion modified by the High Court.
According to the courts order,the first priority will have to be given to EWS students residing less than one kilometre from the school. Those residing at a distance between one and three kilometres will come next. The third preference will be for those living at a distance between three and six kilometres. Others residing beyond six kilometres from the schools can get admission if seats still remain vacant.
Neeraj Chug,whose son Rishabh got through Springdales School at Pusa Road in a draw of lots for EWS applicants,said he was confident that his son would study at the school. Springdales did not announce the EWS list on Wednesday.
Its a dream come true for me. My son was the first to get through in the draw of lots. Its his luck, Chug said. He was asked by the school to submit documents on February 4.
Ameeta Mulla Wattal,principal of Springdales,said: We had prepared everything. The list was ready. At the last minute we got to know of the High Court order. If we had still gone ahead,we would have invited contempt of court.
She conceded that it was not fair on parents who seemed so happy when their names were called out during the draw of lots. Uncertainty is looming large again.
Tagore International School principal Suman Nath said: Guidelines relating to EWS have been changed thrice in the last one month. It causes problems because hundreds of applications have to be processed again.