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Sanjay Singh, a resident of south Delhi’s Nardan Basti, was relieved when his daughter was allotted a nursery seat at a government school in April. But his joy was cut short when he realised she had got admission to a school in Karol Bagh, 24 km away. Since sending his daughter to a school so far away was not feasible, Singh sought help of a local NGO to get her transferred to a nearby school. Except, this turned out to be a boys’ school.
For six days, on the principal’s advice, the child attended the boy’s school, Rani Jhansi Road Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya. Then, through an online process, she was once again transferred to Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya (SKV), Railway Colony, in October. Here, the family faced another hurdle: They were told that the school does not have a nursery section.
For the time being, the child is passing her days sitting at home, as her parents run pillar to post looking for a solution. “We were glad we won’t have to run around anymore. Now, we don’t know what to do. If there was no nursery section, how did the online system accept the transfer?” asked Singh, who works at an exports factory.
Nursery classes were introduced in 150 of 450 SKVs for the first time this year. Sources said the online system of admission was also introduced by the government this year.
Arvind Singh of NGO Matri Sudha, who is helping Singh with the admission, said, “The software does not have a facility to provide details of schools to parents. Most parents are uneducated; they go to a cyber cafe where they get someone to fill the form. The government should have tested the online admission process before implementing it.”
An official in the district education office said all help would be extended to the family. “We have received just one or two such cases. The online admission process has otherwise not seen any problems,” the official said.
While the matter has been taken to the district education officer, Singh said he has been told that there are only two schools with nursery classes in the south zone. “Two schools, in Ashram and New Friends Colony, have a nursery section, but they are quite far. We have also been also told that admission to these schools will depend on availability of seats — since neither school can accommodate more than 40 students,” Singh said.
He added that his daughter — who is now three-and-a-half years — will face problems next year due to the upper-age limit (four years) for admission.