The Department of Education (DoE) has amended the nursery admission guidelines by reworking the point allocation system and released a new admission schedule for this academic session.
This comes in the wake of the department receiving numerous complaints about parents misusing the interstate transfer points.
With the deletion of interstate transfer points (5 points), admission to schools will now take place on a 95 points system — “the points determined only as per neighbourhood, sibling studying in school and parent alumni of school criteria”, a notification by the DoE stated.
Schools will also have to modify the first list of selected candidates, by vacating seats given to interstate transfer applicants. Children already selected based on neighbourhood, sibling and alumni criteria will retain their seats. Those children with 70 points who were selected in the draw of lots will also retain their seats.
“If a school has already conducted draw of lots for applicants with 70 points, the draw shall remain valid for selected/confirmed candidates only. Fresh draw of lots will be held for remaining applicants, who have 70 points, including wait-listed applicants and those applicants who were securing 75 points because of the interstate transfer points category case,” states the order.
Fresh draw of lots will now be conducted in all schools.
In the previous system, of a total of 100 points, 70 are given to children living in the neighbourhood of the school, 20 if the applicant’s sibling studies in the same school and five points each if either parent is an alumnus and if it is an interstate transfer case.
Only those having 75 points out of 100 were considered for the draw of lots while those having 90 points were automatically admitted.
Instead of February 28, the first list of selected candidates, including those belonging to the economically weaker section and disadvantaged group, has been extended to March 15.
The date of display of second list, if any, will be March 20. The date of display of subsequent lists , if any will be from March 21 to March 31, 2014. The admission process will close on March 31.
“Parents have really appreciated the changes made. But parents of those children, who were genuine interstate transfer cases, are now contemplating legal recourse,” Sumit Vohra, founder of admissionsnursery.com, a portal representing the parent community in Delhi, said.
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