Choosing good schools: Parents confused, say no credible rating agency to guide them

It is November end and parents seeking admissions for their tiny tots to pre-schools are really worried about finding the best school.

Like hundreds of parents, Smriti and Amit Shukla started their inquiries a month ago about the best school for admitting their daughter, Aanya. "There are many online rating agencies. But people who have been living in the city for long suggest to opt for age old schools and they don't hold high opinion of new international schools. Hence there is no credible agency to trust. Choosing a school is like trial and error method," said Smriti.

But once the parents are done with choosing the schools, comes an even bigger question of which syllabus to choose. "I have decided upon ICSE because my elder son is in ICSE board. At least their exams and holidays won't clash with each other. But yes, there is no standard rating method to be followed," said Neha Bahadur.

But Neha's son Vedant will have to repeat his nursery. "Last year, children in the age group of two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half got admission in pre primary. This year, the criteria is above three years. My kid is already attending a play school with nursery. There should be a standard age system for admissions," said Neha.

But the common problem faced by parents is that school authorities are rude and never respond to their queries. "Authorities at so called age-old institutions are very rude. They never reply to your doubts. They are sure that if you don't get in, hundred others are waiting in line. They don't even specify the exact date when the forms will be available online. We have to keep checking the sites from November," said Rashmi Shrivastav whose four-year-old Manaswi got admitted to pre-primary last year.

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