nursery seats: 4-year-olds stranded

nursery seats: 4-year-olds stranded


New Delhi: NEW DELHI: Children unable to secure admission to nursery last year still have nowhere to go. As four-year-olds now, they are eligible for admission to KG (pre-primary). However, most schools have not opened admission in KG this year citing zero vacancy. Schools say their class is full with the nursery batch getting promoted to KG. 

Though Ganguly Committee recommended KG as the entry level, almost all schools treat nursery as an official start to schooling leaving little scope for fresh admissions in KG. The high court is now likely to decide on the matter on January 6. 

"My son will be four years old now so I was planning to apply in KG this year. But I was shocked after going through the admission notice of various schools. They are just not admitting students in KG. I have only one option to apply in nursery again," said Arti Jain, who lives in the Connaught Place area and had applied to more than 20 schools for her son's admission last year. Arti is not hopeful about nursery either. "I will have to waste my son's academic year. Last year, several schools could not fill up all the reserved seats for the economically weaker section. So where did all of them go?" she wondered. "I have made a list of 22 schools I was keen on applying to. But only two of them have opened admissions in KG," she said. 

Another parent, Aneesh Kapur, did not try for admission last year when his son was a three-year-old, thinking he was too young to go to school. "With my child aged four years now, I am left with no options. Only few convent schools admit students directly in KG. However, it seems quite unlikely to get through them as they have a quota for Christian candidates," he said. 

Be it DPS, Springdales, Mother's International School or Vasant Valley School - none has opened admissions in KG yet. Some schools may have a seat or two in this class only if the existing students in nursery withdraw. 

"For us, the entry level is nursery. We may have two to three seats, but we will come to know of that only towards the end of this session if any student withdraws," said M I Hussain, principal, DPSMathura Road. 

Suman Nath, principal, Tagore International School at East of Kailash, said, "We do not have any vacant seat in KG. Parents of four-year-olds can take a chance and apply in nursery as there is no upper age limit. But then the probability of admission will be low for them as most other applicants will be three-year-olds." 

Though many schools give priority to three-year-olds in nursery, few like The Shri Ram School and The Indian School prefer older children at this level. Tania Joshi, vice-principal, The India School, said, "We encourage a little older children in nursery. Often parents of four-year-olds also do not mind repeating nursery after play school."

19-Mar-2015 09:37:22 IST

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