NEW DELHI: Chief minister Sheila Dikshit believes the scramble for the limited nursery seats is not so much due to lack of schools but because of the awareness campaigns launched by her government.
Speaking on the floor of the House, Dikshit said, "These days one is seeing news items highlighting how parents are worried over children not getting admissions in schools. This is happening because our government has been building awareness that children from all sections of society must go to school. Hence, now all parents want their children to go to school." Dikshit was speaking about the strides towards development in various fields, including infrastructure, education and power.
The nursery admission process started in the city with sale and submission of forms on Janaury 2. Schools will accept application forms till January 16, after which a list of selected candidates is likely to be declared on February 1. However, finding a nursery seat is toughest for first-generation parents in the city as most sought-after schools give preference to wards of alumni and sibling of an existing student. Neighbourhood is another important criterion in selection.
Diksha Gautam, a parent from Model Town, said, "I am seeking admission for my first child. I don't have any good schools in my area and my daughter's chances to get through a school in central Delhi are slim. The government schools in the vicinity cannot even be considered, given their infrastructure and poor management. So what is the option left for me?"