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Pune: Lack of documents, confusion over age criteria keep parents on their toes as nursery admissions begin

With pandemic putting a stop on international travel, several parents said they haven't applied for passports for their children – a requirement in some schools. Most centres issuing Aadhaar cards, mandatory for admissions, were also closed during the period.

Written by Alifiya Khan | Pune |
Updated: November 16, 2021 9:40:17 pm
Housekeeping staff of Bhave High School Sadashivpeth sanitise classrooms (Express photo/Ashish Kale)

With schools across the city beginning the nursery admission process for the upcoming academic year, parents are having to struggle with the tough job of not just picking the right school for their wards but, in many cases, scramble for documents. Confusion over age criteria has further added to the worry of the parents.

Santosh Shetty, parent of a three-year-old boy, said that each school has given its own age criteria to determine entry level.

“There are three good schools in my area and I don’t mind getting admission in any of them because there is tough competition to get a seat. In one of the schools, the entry age of the child is above 4 years and they have only two years (as against three) of pre-primary section. In another school, the entry level age is 3 years. In the third one, it is 2.5 years to 3.5 years but they haven’t specified the exact month and year, which makes it confusing. If I don’t get any of the two schools, I will have to look for an independent playgroup for one year and start applying again next year,” he said.

With pandemic putting a stop on international travel, several parents said they haven’t applied for passports for their children – a requirement in some schools. Most centres issuing Aadhaar cards, mandatory for admissions, were also closed during the period.

“I tried several times online but there was no way to apply for an Aadhaar card. Whenever I asked the local corporator for help, I was told that all centres are closed due to the pandemic. So, we were not able to get Aadhaar cards for our daughters. But the online forms of schools mention a list of documents to be kept ready while applying and it includes Aadhaar card and passport besides the birth certificate. We are now looking for someone who can get the Aadhaar card made,” said Shirley Sinha, mother to a three-year-old.

Meanwhile, with teaching expected to resume in physical mode from next academic year, parents have inundated schools with admission requests. A few city schools such as Hutchings High School has already closed the window for fresh applications. With deadlines for admission inquiries drawing close, educationists have advised parents to initiate the process of arranging for the required documents as soon as possible.

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