‘32% of parents want to shift to make neighbourhood cut’

Nearly 32 per cent of parents who live in rented accommodation are willing to shift to the vicinity of "more popular schools" to get their children admission in nursery, a survey conducted by Assocham has revealed.

The survey titled "Nursery admission procedures are taking away the innocence of pre-schooling" also notes that over 21 per cent parents staying in rented accommodation have shifted to areas such as Dwarka, Vasant Kunj, Rajendra Nagar and Rohini — areas said to be have "famous schools".

Many are in the process of shifting to areas with more schools and have already asked brokers to find a house.

Assocham surveyed around 2,500 parents in the Delhi-NCR region."Nursery admission has become an anxiety-ridden mission for parents seeking to secure a seat for their children in reputed public schools due to limited number of seats. For parents it is a sort of wild shot as even after spending so much on admission forms there is no certainty that their child will eventually get through that school," D S Rawat, secretary general, Assocham, said.

There are over 3,000 public schools in Delhi. Most of them are known to sell school prospectus for a sum of Rs 500 to Rs 800.

"Expensive admission procedures in most private schools in Delhi have put off the budget of even well-off families. Education is being run like a commercial business enterprise these days," Rawat said.

Majority of the parents said they are being forced to pay huge sums of money to secure a seat under the management quota. "Having fallen through an asymmetrical government-approved points system, many parents are being forced to opt for management seats that cost around Rs 1.5 lakh," the survey notes.

To get their children admitted to these schools, nearly 28 per cent of parents said they were trying to get a personal loan. Interestingly, many of them had already taken a home loan.

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