Sunday, May 11, 2014

Nursery Admissions Mess - Parents and Kids in Delhi Suffered Due to Wrong Policy Decisions By The Govt.

Nursery admissions: Govt botched up as kids suffered

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 09, 2014
First Published: 01:27 IST(9/5/2014) | Last Updated: 01:31 IST(9/5/2014)
The Supreme Court may have removed the stay on nursery admissions but for the parents of the Capital, it is the beginning of a new ordeal altogether.
A majority of them will now have to go through the process of lotteries, selections and rejections all over again.
The nursery session typically begins in the first week of April but this time around, summer vacations are about to start and even the admission process is about to start.
Non-participative and myopic policy making, however, are to be blamed for this year’s fiasco, sources claimed.    

The Lieutenant Governor had announced massive changes in the admission guidelines in December last year. In a nutshell, the new guidelines restricted schools from setting their own points system and abolished the management quota, both of which were in practice since the points system came into being in 2007.
The schools were now bound to give 70 points out of 100 to children who lived within an eight-kilometre radius of the institution.
 Another 20 points was to be given to those children whose older sibling was studying in the same school. Children whose parents were alumni of the school were to get an extra 5 points while those children whose parents had been transferred to the city recently were to get 5 points under the interstate transfer category.  
These changes, however, were not discussed with schools —the most crucial parties in the admission process.
Schools have years of experience in dealing with the admission process and can anticipate problems that administrators possibly cannot.
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Nursery Admissions Start Again In Delhi - Supreme Court Asks Schools To Admit 24 IST quota Students whose parents had filed the case

SC asks schools to admit 24 IST quota students

The verdict provided relief only to parents who approached court, there was no benefit for ‘fence sitters’ . (Amit Mehra)
The verdict provided relief only to parents who approached court, there was no benefit for ‘fence sitters’ . (Amit Mehra)

Summary

The court had already made it clear on a previous date that “fence-sitter” parents were not entitled to any relief.

Putting an end to the stalemate over nursery admission in the capital, the Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed schools to go ahead with the admission process after accommodating 24 children, whose parents had sought seats under the inter-state transfer (IST) category.
The court drew the curtains on the uncertainty brought about by the Delhi government’s decision to scrap the IST quota and directed the administration to accommodate eligible students in various schools by increasing the number of seats, if required.
“However, it is made clear that this order would only ensure benefit to those who had approached the court. It would certainly not extend the benefit to those who had not approached the court or might have gone in slumber,” Justice M Y Eqbal said while authoring the order.
The court had already made it clear on a previous date that “fence-sitter” parents were not entitled to any relief. It had asked senior advocate Nidhesh Gupta, who represented the petitioner parents, to hand over a list of children whose parents had sought relief from the court.
Gupta a day ago submitted a list of 24 children, whose parents had moved the SC or the Delhi High Court against scrapping of the IST quota.
It said the order was being issued to relieve parents from the hardship of getting deprived of admission for their wards that was granted as per the notification of December 18, 2013, but was subsequently taken away by the February 27 notification, quashing the quota.
“In our considered opinion, it was not permissible for the administration to alter the basis of admission after the admission process had started and, further, having participated in the selection process, the criteria for selection could not have been questioned by unsuccessful participants,” the bench held.
The court, which had on April 11 stalled the admission process on appeals by parents, directed that admission already granted to children as per the previous notification shall not be disturbed.
“These children shall continue their study in those schools where they got admitted or selected for admission. It goes without saying that the administration shall take steps to accommodate these students in various schools within its jurisdiction by increasing the number of seats in such schools,” it said.
The court found favour with the arguments of Gupta that it would not be proper for children whose parents have been transferred to Delhi from different states to be denied admission in schools, much less in non-aided schools. It reminded the authorities that imparting elementary and basic education was a constitutional obligation on states as well as societies running educational institutions.
 Source - Indian Express - http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/sc-asks-schools-to-admit-24-ist-quota-students/

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Nursery Admission Results/Updates - New Greenfields, DPS , BBPS, Maxfort, Sai Memorial, SVIS + More

Nursery Admission Results/Updates  - New Greenfields, DPS , BBPS, Maxfort, Sai Memorial, SVIS + More
Many schools had called parents for orientation today, some are starting classes on Monday while some will be doing after vacations only.
As many schools are informing only the applicants by email or SMS, we request all parents to share the details in the link given below so that all parents can benefit.
All updates till now are being posted here :

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Nursery - Sessions start in few schools - Schools happy that decision came before vacations

As the debate still continues in the forums over the judgement by Supreme Court yesterday, schools are glad that the decision came just in time before the summer vacations are about to start. :)
Some parents already reported getting calls and updates from Schools about the start of the session. We have posted about Ambience, Safdurjung and Birla Vidya Niketan. Parents are requested to share any updates of schools that they have applied to and if the schools have sent them any new notification or updates after yesterday's court ruling.
While we can't deny the fact that this year's guidelines and litigations post that have divided the parents in Delhi into various groups with none of them really satisfied with the admissions process this year, we request everyone not to attack anyone personally in the forums and maintain the decorum. 
DOE notice is still not out as of now and we would be updating as soon as we get news from DOE on that.