Without the proper guidelines for taking admission in city schools, parents in Delhi are in jeopardy on which guidelines to follow while trying to admit their kids on various schools. Last year the lieutenant governor had fixed the criteria for selection for schools, but many of the schools choose not to follow the regulations for admissions in KG (also called ‘pre-primary’) and Class I.
Where some schools are using certain guidelines and points distribution in time of admission, some are using certain others. There are schools which are not following the DoE mandate of single slab distance points (70 for those who stay within the eight kilometer radius of the school) and used different slabs for different distances. These schools assigned points based on the child being a girl child or a first child, single parent child or kids with marginal special needs.
Sandeep Pal who is a Dwarka resident and a parent of kid who needed admission in a school at KG said “Some schools had followed the DoE guidelines but many had their own points systems. Only Schools that start at Class I followed the guidelines”. The government notification has clearly pointed out that the guidelines are applicable for “entry-level” which in Delhi starts with admissions in nursery, KG and Class I. Different schools, depending on their infrastructure and convenience, selects the entry level for students. The parents are confused about if any new guideline has been given for admissions in lower classes by any organization.
"Though it was very clear that all schools have to follow the same calendar and criteria for admissions for children aged three to six, many prominent schools devised their own points system for KG and Class I. Others didn't open admission for these classes at all and held them with admissions to the rest of the classes later. Parents want the education department to make it clear in the guidelines that the criteria are standard even for KG and Class I," says Sumit Vohra of admissionsnursery.com.