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Schools start selling nursery forms

NEW DELHI: Jan 2, 2013 DH News Service 2:27 IST

Last date to apply is January 15; four candidates vie for each seat

Sale of nursery admission forms has begun in the capital with hundreds of parents seen hovering outside schools and standing in queues on Tuesday.

According to Delhi government guidelines, schools have been given 15 days to finish the sale of forms.

Most of the them have posted on their websites the points on the basis of which they give preference to admission seekers. The last date for purchase of forms is January 15.
About four lakh applicants compete for one lakh seats on the basis of a point-system which many parents consider “discriminatory.”

There are nearly 4,500 schools in Delhi and National Capital Region, of which 2,000 are unaided private schools.

The guidelines added that schools will have to ensure that "admission forms are made available to all applicants till the last date of submission of applications.”

According to a recent survey by nurseryadmissions.com, 84 per cent of 1,460 parents said they are not sure about getting admission easily. About 40 per cent parents said they will not take any chances and apply in 10 to 15 schools while 20 per cent said they will apply in more than 15 schools and 14 per cent will apply in more than 20 schools.

According to another survey by the forum, a majority of parents said neighbourhood or distance of the school from the home should be given more points: 53 per cent of the 2,122 parents suggested priority to neighbourhood, followed by sibling, alumni and first child

Due to technical glitches on school websites last year many parents stood in queues to get the forms and a similar situation is expected this year as well, said some parents collecting forms from Springdales school, Pusa Road.

In a meeting held on Thursday, Delhi school education advisory board suggested an upper age limit for nursery admission.

But it will not be applicable for the 2013-14 session as the committee headed by education minister Kiran Walia decided to form a separate panel to look into this issue.

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