The first allotment list of selected applicants for admission to nursery classes in Delhi’s private schools will be released on Thursday, February 15. The admission process began on December 27 last year and according to the schedule, it will end by the end of March this year. The second allotment list is expected to release on February 28, 2018 and the subsequent lists, if any, are expected to be announced on March 15. There are over 1,700 schools in Delhi which have offered approximately 1.25 lakh nursery seats. Parents of the applicants can log on to the official websites of the schools to check their child’s admission update or they can also visit the school. To secure a seat for their children, parents are required to get in touch with the particular school. Simultaneously, a grievance redressal forum will also be made available to the parents from March 1 to March 7, 2018.
The Delhi government recommended schools to maintain an upper age limit for the candidates who wish to apply for nursery admissions. However, this has not been implemented for admissions in the 2018-19 academic session. The age limit might, however, come into force from next year. The schools in Delhi maintain a point system to evaluate the admissions of children to nursery classes. A total of 100 points are segregated into various criteria differing from school to school. Each school evaluates the points according to its pre-set criteria of admission. However, in January 2016, the government directed schools against the use of certain ‘discriminatory criteria’ like ‘first born’, ‘special ground’, ‘status of child’, etc. for admissions, reported IE.
The directorate of education in a circular has asked all all private unaided recognised schools to develop and adopt criteria for admission that is “fair, reasonable, well defined, equitable, non-discriminatory, unambiguous and transparent.” The circular further stated that in the event of a tie for a particular seat, the claimant of the seat would be decided by the school through a draw of lots. The schools might later also release the waiting list for the admissions to preschool.