Uncertainty over when the nursery admissions will begin in the city is creating anxiety among hundreds of parents, teachers and school administrators, according to media reports.
Nursery admissions were supposed to start form January 15, but have been postponed indefinitely after unaided private schools moved a petition in the Delhi High Court, challenging the new admission guidelines issued by the government. The schools claim that the new guidelines tantamount to “nationalising the education system”.
Under the new guidelines, schools have no management quota but 25 per cent seats are reserved for children from economically-weaker sections, five per cent seats for girls residing in a six-kilometer radius and five per cent seats for staff students.
On Wednesday, the state government had told the High Court that nursery admissions would not begin until the court passes an order on the petition of Action Committee Unaided Recognised Private Schools. The court has not set a date for when it will pass an order on the schools’ petition.
This has created additional work for schools, who are receiving anxious calls from parents. “We were flooded with calls and our security guards were constantly accosted by parents wanting to know what’s going on. First-time parents are are especially upset,” Tania Joshi, principal of The Indian School told a national daily.
The uncertainty over admission dates has angered many parents with some complaining that they have been taking time off from work as the admission dates have kept changing. Parents are also worried that they’ll have to start from the scratch in case there are last-minute changes in the criteria.
Additionally, school administrators are also wondering if they will get sufficient time to prepare a new set of forms in case changes are required after the court order.