A week after the umbrella organisation for private schools in the city announced that it would formulate common norms for nursery admissions this year, another school body has announced its own set of rules for schools under its ambit. This has created widespread confusion amongst parents about the admission schedule.
The move comes even as the division bench of the High Court is expected to hear two appeals challenging the court’s single bench decision to quash last year’s admission guidelines. The judge had stated that private schools have the autonomy to decide on admissions and upheld the Ganguly Committee recommendations.
According to the guidelines drafted by the National Progressive Schools’ Conference (NPSC) — which represents 70-80 schools in the capital — admission for 75 per cent general category seats will be based on a 100-point system comprising neighbourhood, sibling, alumni, staff ward (five per cent), management quota (20 per cent) and seats for children with special needs. Points for single parent, girl child, first born child and minorities will be optional, it stated.
The body has also decided to conduct admissions from December 20-January 20. It has scheduled a draw of lots for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) students from January 25-February 5.
“As far as we are concerned, the High Court has given us the right to draft our own guidelines and we have done exactly that. We arrived at this decision through a consensus,” NPSC chairperson Ameeta Mulla Wattal said.
The Action Committee for Unaided Private Schools — the umbrella organisation — has also decided to come up with its own rules after the court hearing on December 8.
“We have formed a committee and will formulate guidelines after the hearing,” committee president S K Bhattacharya said, adding that “the guidelines will remain more or less the same to avoid confusion”.
The body represents around 350 schools, including many NPSC schools.
While parents have been left confused with the new development, many are also questioning the authority of the two bodies to issue these guidelines.
“There are many schools which belong to both NPSC and the action committee. Which rules are those schools going to follow? More importantly, even though the Ganguly Committee gives schools the right to devise their own points, the final authority to approve the common admission schedule lies with the Directorate of Education,” Khagesh Jha, advocate and a member of NGO Social Jurist, said.
“I have been following the admission cycle this year, and I am already preparing myself for a stressful and confusing season,” Rohit Arora, a parent from West Delhi, said.