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Rush begins as schools in NCR open nursery admissions

With the NCR region opening up their nursery admissions at least a couple of months before the Delhi schools,parents in Delhi are eyeing these schools for their wards’ admission.

With the NCR region opening up their nursery admissions at least a couple of months before the Delhi schools,parents in Delhi are eyeing these schools for their wards’ admission.

While Delhi’s nursery admissions are governed by the Directorate of Education that details the criteria to be followed by schools when they formulate their points system for shortlisting children,there is no such regulatory body to oversee the admission process in the NCR region.

Rajan Arora,who runs nurseryadmissions.com,a portal for parents seeking admissions in nursery classes of public schools in the region,said the traffic on his website,which now also caters to parents in the NCR region,increased in August and on an average there are around 10,000 hits every day. Membership too has increased to 11,600,he said.

“Because of the rush,and with Delhi not yet announcing anything,parents are opting for schools in the NCR region as an alternative,” he said.

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“These schools are tapping Delhi parents.”

In Delhi,while the government wants to go for a uniform nursery admission process,laying special stress on the neighbourhood criteria and mandating schools to allocate points to the children living in the area,problem occur as many of the “in demand” public schools are concentrated in areas like South and Central Delhi. Parents residing in other parts of the city are left without much choice.

Many of these then flock to schools in the NCR region where the competition isn’t that intense and they don’t have to deal with the points system.

Many schools,like the Lotus Valley School in Noida,have said they will give admission on a first come,first serve basis to children seeking seats in the nursery class.

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Veena Bhasin,principal of Vishwa Bharati School in Noida that announced its admissions for the nursery class open on Sunday,said schools in the region always started their process earlier. When the government issues guidelines in accordance with the Right to Education Bill,they will incorporate the same.

Many Delhi schools are similarly waiting for the government directions on RTE. “When the directives come,we will do it. Nursery is the class where the process takes a lot of time. So we start early. For us,children can come from anywhere. The parent has to decide that. It is for the government to see whether they have enough seats in all neighborhoods of Delhi,” she said.

In Delhi,interviews with children are prohibited but an informal interaction with parents is permitted. In the NCR region,the schools interview children as well.

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SL Jain,Chairman of the National Progressive Schools Conference,said they are still waiting for the government orders and declined to comment on changes will occur in the point system this year.

First published on: 07-09-2009 at 03:52:46 am
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