New Delhi: NEW DELHI: The new year has arrived with a challenge for parents of three-year-olds in the city. The nursery admission process for the 2012-13 session is going to start from Monday with most private recognized schools starting the sale and submission of application forms.
Most schools are likely to follow the tried-and-tested point system to select children for admission in nursery and KG. However, some schools have also decided to hold a draw of lots even for the general category this time. Parents can either apply online in schools like DPS Dwarka and Bal Bharati at Ganga Ram Hospital Marg or buy forms over the counter. According to the Directorate of Education, buying the school prospectus is not compulsory.
"Going by my experience last year, I would suggest that parents reach school early to be ahead in the queue. We had reached a school around 11am on the first day last year only to see an unbelievable rush.
Many parents had started lining up since seven to eight in the morning," said Rajeev Nath, who applied for the admission of his daughter last year. She got through a neighbourhood school as she scored points on distance and sibling as her elder sister also studied there. He added, "It's best to keep in touch with other parents in the same boat through your child's play school. I had also drawn up a proper plan on how many schools I had to apply to and over how many days." Another parent Maneesh Kapoor from Vasant Kunj, who is applying for his son's admission this year has already made a plan to submit applications during next one week though the submission process will go on till January 16 in all schools.
"My wife has taken a couple of days off work to go and buy the forms from all neighbourhood schools. We will sit down together and fill up the forms. Then I plan to take leave from work to submit the forms. We plan to avail the points for neighbourhood and first born child," Kapoor said. He said that he was not too anxious about the process before but got into action only after he saw his other friends leaving no stone unturned for their children's admissions. Though the high court had retained 3+ as the age for admission to nursery this year and 4+ for KG, the court is likely to decide if nursery should be treated as part of the main school on January 6.