NEW DELHI: Securing a nursery seat in the city is a matter of good fortune. How else will you explain the ordeal of Sanjiv Bhardwaj, whose son couldn't get admission in spite of applying at 27 schools? The Saket resident took a fortnight off from work in January to apply at every school in the neighbourhood and away.
"All that seems to have come to naught," said a visibly dejected Bhardwaj. "I had applied in so many schools of south Delhi but there is no option left for the common man in this city. I guess I will have to move out to send my child to school."
Bhardwaj works as a telecom professional in a multinational company. He had turned down an offer to work in Europe to stay in the city he grew up in. "I should have gone abroad. At least my son would have gone to school," he said.
He blames the system for his son sitting out of school. "There is no uniform point system in Delhi schools. I was banking on the neighbourhood points. But alumni and sibling cases took away the pie. No wonder a child from Noida could get through a south Delhi school but my son couldn't," he said.
He hadn't really weighed his options till Thursday evening. "My mind is a blank. I don't want to keep sending my child to the playschool. And will schools have enough seats in KG next year when my son turns four?" he wondered.
Bhardwaj is not alone. The Kalras of GK-I applied in 23 schools but their son could not get through any. "We scored up to 40 points for neighbourhood as well as first child. But most schools were admitting students at 70 or more points. The whole neighbourhood concept is a farce. I have one more year to take a chance. We both are lawyers and can afford a good school for our child. So a government school is completely out of the question," said Mahua Kalra, the mother. The Kalras are now waiting for the second list.
Parents seeking admission for their first child are miffed at schools giving preference to alumni and sibling cases. Sanjay Kumar Jha of Sarita Vihar couldn't make use of the privileges. He applied in the same school where his daughter studies, but in vain.
"There was a draw of lots in which my son did not succeed. I feel so disturbed now. I may have to send him to a nearby school though it's not too good," Jha said. Not all are gloomy, though. Anjali Kapoor had been waiting for results of the 22 schools she had applied to. Only one invited her son for admission but on the payment of an extra, unaccounted Rs 20,000. "Finally, one more school has selected my son. I feel ecstatic," she said.