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Delhi: Nursery admissions begin amid confusion about criteria

January 3, 2017

On January 2, the race for nursery admissions began in the national capital amid confusion about the criteria in nearly 300 schools running on DDA land for which the Delhi government has put the admission process on hold.
The state government had last week directed 298 private schools, running on DDA and government land to withhold nursery admission process for the upcoming academic session till new guidelines are notified by the city administration.

Unaware about such schools, several parents flocked different schools only to be sent back by their officials.

The government, on the other hand, maintained that the approval for the same will be received soon and parents need not panic.

The government officials also claimed that the move will restrain the schools from taking arbitrary decisions in admissions to nursery classes.Comments deputy chief minister and education minister Manish Sisodia, “I had spoken to the LG about this issue during his oath-taking ceremony. I am hopeful that we will get an approval within one or two days and then the guidelines for admissions to these schools will also be issued.”

The new guidelines for these schools include implementing a criteria of the distance between applicant’s residence and the school. While these schools will be required to fill 75 per cent of seats with students who live in nearby localities, an official notification is awaited.

Though the admission process is online, parents still visited the schools to have a clarity on certain guidelines, criterion and admission process in the remaining 1,400 private schools.

“We have only read about admissions in newspapers but there is lot of confusion. Though I keep on checking the government website but it doesn’t specify which schools are the ones built on DDA land,” said Ruchika Bhatt, a home maker who visited Ahlcon International School to enquire about admissions.

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