In a relief to parents waiting to apply for nursery admissions in 298 private schools running on DDA land, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has approved the new guidelines for enrollment to these institutions, keeping the distance from the child's residence major criteria.
"The guidelines for nursery admissions to private schools running on DDA land have been approved. The schools will now be able to accept applications," a senior Directorate ofEducation (DoE) official said. The guidelines state the schools "shall not refuse admission to the residents of the locality".
Defining what neighbourhood would men, the guidelines state that students who are residing within 1 km of the school will be preferred and if seats are not filled, preference will be given to students residing within 1-3 km of the school.
"Students residing beyond 6 km's shall be admitted only in case vacancies remain unfilled even after considering all the students within 6 km's area," state the guidelines.
The race for nursery admissions in over 1400 private schools began in the national capital on January 2, while the government had last week directed 298 private schools, running on DDA land, to withhold nursery admission process for the upcoming academic session till new guidelines are notified by the city administration.
"We had sent the proposed guidelines to LG office for approval which took time due to change in regime. The guidelines include implementing criteria of the distance between applicant's residence and the school for filling 75per cent of the seats," the official added.
The application process will end on January 23. The remaining 1,400 schools are free to decide the criteria and their points for admission but they will have to steer clear from a list of 51 criterion, which the government had abolished last year. The abolished criteria include parent's education, parent's profession, age, oral test and interview.
The first list of selected candidates, including the waitlist candidates, along with marks allotted under the point system, will be announced by schools on February 15.