Nursery admission: Points system to be out next week

The majority of Delhi's private schools are likely to press ahead with the point system for nursery admissions for the academic session 2013-14 and announce it by next week.

Admission will start from January 1 with the sale of forms and parents will be given 15 days for submission of forms. By February 15, schools will have to display lists of selected children, all categories included, along with the waiting list. Admission will close on March 30.

Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, principal M I Hussain said parents could expect the school's point system "anytime next week".

Springdales School, Pusa Road, headmistress Shoma Bannerjee said her school's point system would be announced in a day or two.

Most schools are likely to follow last year's system. Points allotted for various criteria such as distance between school and home, alumni and sibling studying in the same school are unlikely to change.

For the first time, "orphans" have been included "within the meaning of children belonging to disadvantaged groups".

Hussain said "there won't be much variation" in the admission procedure barring the inclusion of orphans, which was done in accordance with a court order in November.

Laxman Public School principal Usha Ram ruled out any change in the point system. "We will announce it on Monday," she said.

For general category admissions, the city's private schools follow the Ganguly Committee's "100-point" criteria.

The neighbourhood criterion is considered the main category with maximum points awarded to applicants living within 3 km of the school. There are about 30 to 35 points in this category.

Experts and parents have debated the relevance and credibility of the point system. Many parents criticised the "alumni" and "sibling"criteria.

Rajan Arora of, an online nursery admission blog, said the "alumni criterion is discriminating". "It is debatable because some schools give 30 to 40 per cent weightage to this category. It will be fair if the number of points are brought down to five to ten," he said.

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