Nursery admissions: more lists, more struggles!
And if your child does not fall in categories like sibling, alumni, girl child, management or EWS quota, the chances of getting admission this year become even more bleak.
With many schools having now released their lists for pre-school admission, it appears that there is very little room for the kids belonging to the general category.
Many parents, whose wards have failed to get through in the schools they have applied for, allege that the points system developed by the schools have come in their way.
The results announced by schools so far, the parents say, give the impression that admission is a prerogative of those who have a sibling in the school or those who fulfil the criteria of alumni.
"I had applied in 22 schools in south Delhi, but couldn`t manage to get even in one," Rahul Dhar, a disgruntled parent, writes on admissionsnursery.com, an online parents forum.
"Does this mean, my child lost one year? Where should I go" he asks.
Dr Supradip, a scientist who had applied in 10 schools for his son`s admission this year, writes: "Nothing left to share except a big sorry figure… Not a single school offered my son for nursery admission.
"My son did not get selected because he is my first child and I am not alumni of any school of Delhi. It`s shame from our side that we could not provide good school for our future citizens."
Founder of the forum Sumit Vohra told PTI, "It`s not about one or two, hundreds of parents feel dejected for failing to get their wards admission.
"And the reason behind this problem is the flawed and arbitrary points-system devised by schools themselves this time."
The Directorate of Education (DoE) has allowed schools this year to frame their own selection criteria based on "just and rationale" means. As per DoE rules, the schools have to keep aside 25 per cent of the seats for students belonging to economically weaker section (EWS).
But for the rest 75 per cent of seats, schools adopted a points system which parents and experts say is arbitrary in nature. And most of the schools have reserved 50 per cent of the seats meant for general category for sibling or alumni.
And the results announced by schools showed that there is hardly anyone has been selected without having points under these two categories.