Confusion and chaos once again descended on parents and schools in the capital on Friday with the Supreme Court passing an order that put on hold the nursery admission process for the third time in two months.
“It’s a big mess and we don’t know what to do anymore. Does this translate to a stay on the admission process, or is it just a stay on interstate transfer points? We will obtain some clarity on this only after the High Court hearing, and, till then, everything will be in a limbo,” S K Bhattacharya, president, Action committee for Unaided Private Schools, said.
“We were expecting this development since a section of parents went entirely unrepresented in the High Court order. In fact, we didn’t start nursery classes in schools, because directions on inter-state transfers and children with disability were still awaited. But we had admitted children and taken fees from parents, in accordance with the directives given to us by the Department of Education,” Ameeta Mulla Wattal, Chairman, National Progressive Schools Conference, said.
“Needless to say, the admission process will be delayed, but we need more clarity on what to do next. For now, I have asked all private schools to wait and watch, since we do not want to be held in contempt of court,” she said.
Parents also expressed dismay over the order. “Does this stay affect the children who have already been admitted? What will happen on April 16? What are the possibilities and which group of parents will be affected by this? I have withdrawn my child from a Christian school after a confirmed admission in a better school. What happens to my child now?” Pankaj Kohli, a parent, said.
But, for others like Sanjib Komar, whose child despite having secured 70 points was unable to get an admission, the order has offered a ray of hope. “Maybe, I’ll finally be able to get my child admitted to a good school.”
This is the first time the admission process has dragged on so long with the points system being revised twice and 15 notifications by the Education department.
“It’s the third time in the last two months that admission has been stayed. It is high time a final decision is reached on admission,” said Sumit Vohra, founder of admissionsnursery.com, said.