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Distance may soon be sole key to nursery admissions

Hindustan Times
Delhi Schools, Delhi Parents
The distance between a child’s home and school could be the only criterion for nursery admissions in the coming session, a move that will simplify the procedure but is being questioned by schools.
If the Kejriwal government’s proposal on “neighbourhood criterion” is implemented, some of Delhi’s prominent private schools built on government land will have to follow the norm.
“This time, we are planning to keep distance as the only criterion. This will give equal weightage to all applications as there will be no other criteria,” Atishi Marlena, adviser to the Delhi education minister, told HT.
Typically, Delhi schools follow a point system and “neighbourhood” is one of the parameters that decide the school a child would go to.
Schools would be free to determine the distance but in keeping with the right to education guidelines.
As many as 285 private schools built on DDA land such as GD Goenka Rohini and Vasant Kunj, all Delhi Public School except the one in RK Puram, all Bal Bharti schools and Vasant Valley School would have to follow the norm, Marlena said.
Till last year, “neighbourhood”, alumni — one or both the parents being ex-students — and siblings — an elder brother or sister studying in the same school — were the three criteria for which points were allotted.
The Delhi government plans to do away with all norms but the one for distance in the guidelines expected to be released in two weeks, officials said. The admission process begins January.
With parents keen on children starting out in good schools, there is always a scramble for seats in the city’s top private institutions.
The last few years have been chaotic, with parents dragging schools and government to court over norms that were changed several times.

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