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Nursery admissions: One seat, many contenders

Nursery admissions: One seat, many contenders
In this bitter cold, parents were found in queues for nursery admissions, even as the rate of online registration showed a little increase on the second day of the sale of admission forms for the next academic session, on Wednesday.

As reported earlier, schools will give maximum weightage to the neighborhood clause, which might prove to be the best bet for some parents. L V Seghal of Bal Bharti Public School, located at Pusa Road in Delhi, said, ‘They are offering 368 seats in nursery, and 578 registration have already been sold by the second day of the sale of forms.’

Mahavir Senior Model School of Rana Pratab Bagh in Delhi has sold 280 forms for 132 seats. The APJ School of Pitampura has received 1,745 online registration forms for 368 seats. Some parents expressed their grievances against the online registration system offered by some schools,  after facing technical glitches. One such parent in R K Puram, who took the form for Ramjas School, said, ‘We did not want to take any risk so we bought the printed version of the form.’

Ramjas School of R K Puram has already received 332 application forms for  134 seats. NCC Jindal Public school of Punjabi Bagh reported  selling of 666 forms for 200 seats. Usha Ram, Principal of Laxman Public School, said, ‘Our school has received around 700 registration forms on the second day of the sale.’

The admission process is already mired in controversy with a number of schools seeking a review of the age bracket for entry into nursery. At present, the minimum age for admissions into nursery is three-and-a-half years, which the schools want to be raised to four years.

According to the Directorate of Education, each school will ensure that applications are made available to all applicants till the last date of submission, which is 15 January 2013. After the closure of admission process, all schools will have to send details of the number of vacant seats under EWS and disadvantaged groups to the District Deputy Director of Education concerned, by 4 pm on 6 April 2013. The district concerned will take necessary steps to fill the vacancies.
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