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Nursery woes back to haunt parents

Nursery woes back to haunt parents
TIMES OF INDIA
 29-DECEMBER 2012
Manash Pratim Gohain & Shreya Roy Chowdhury TNN

New Delhi: The new year would start with a challenge for parents of three-year-olds in the city. All the private recognized schools will start the sale and submission of application forms for their entry level classes for the 2013-14 session from Tuesday. Following the directives of the department of education, Delhi government, the schools will keep the sale and submission of application window open from January 1 to 15, 2013.
    Schools will continue to follow the point system to shortlist the aspirants for admission in nursery and KG classes. In case of schools receiving applications in access of the number of seats available and there are multiple aspirants scoring same points, the selection will be based on draw of lots. Also there are schools which are going to shortlist aspirants purely via draw of lots.
    Parents will now have two sets of anxiety – “first whether their wards will get a seat in the school of their choice and second whether they will get a seat at all. Our advice is all schools by January 1 declare their formulae of points and parents should first check in which schools they are scoring the maximum points and apply in those. Perception about aschool should not be the criteria of applying at this stage,” said principal of Ahlcon International, Mayur Vihar, Ashok Pandey.
    With 15 days’ window period for application parents should not panic. “There is no reason for panic and parents should select four to five schools in the vicinity and wait for the first list. Also many schools have increased their intake so there should not be much of a problem. Problem may arise in case parents apply in just one or two schools of their ‘choice,” said principal of DAV, Vikaspuri, Chitra Nakra.
    So its time to get the documentation right and stay prepared as one starts applying in as many school as possible in the neighbourhood. “Parents should be ready with all documents, affidavits and initial fees for two schools. The basic rule is to block the first seat and as some schools are announcing their first list as early as January 17. In case one gets shortlisted in a second school there after the parents should be ready with the fees as refund of the fees from the first school will take at some time. As per fee refund policy of DOE school have refund all the money after deducting admission fee/ registration fee and one month tuition fee within 15 days to the parent if parent withdraws the child within one month after depositing the fees. But parents should make it sure to take receipt of full amount whether paid in cash or cheque,” said Sumit Vohra, who runs a nursery admission website.
    Parents can also speak to peers who underwent had experienced the process earlier. “For parents, the only thing that works is luck and money,” says Paras Chhabra, a resident of Dwarka, who is applying for the second time. He tried for his son last year in the Dwarka area but finally “opted out” as his kid had just turned three. “Parents shouldn’t wait for the top 10 schools. They should apply in many schools and see where the points distribution is working in their favour.” He also feels points for first child should be equal to points for siblings. “Five points don’t help.”
ELIGIBILITY
AGE
Nursery -----3 Yrs
KG      ------4 Yrs
Class I ------5 Yrs
On Mar 31, 2013
Some schools also consider distance for eligibility. For example, only children living within a 7 Km radius are eligible to apply at Bal Bharti Public School , Pitampura.
ADMISSION SCHEDULE
 Form Available                                                    ----------------- Jan  1
Last Date of Form Submission                              ----------------- Jan  15
Last date for displaying list of selected applicants   ----------------- Feb 15
Last date for 2nd list (if any)                                  ----------------- Feb 28
Admission Closes                                                  ----------------- Mar30
WHAT TO KEEP READY
GENERAL CATEGORY
(You may need to produce some or all of these, epending on the school)
1. Original birth certificate- issued by nunicipal corporation or equivalent authority (some schools ask for certificates with name of the child printed)
2. Address Proof (photo ID/Passport/Aadhaar card/lease deed/ latest paid electricity bill/ MTNL bill/court-registered rent agreement at least 6 months old)
3. Proof of baptism with a letter from priest (for Christians)
4. Affidavit in case of single parent
5. Affidavit of firstborn/girl child
6. For sibling points, the school Id card of sibling
7. A certificate by competent authority for children with special needs.
8. Affidavit for intercommunity/inter-caste marriage
9. For transfer cases, proof of transfer to Delhi.
10. Passport-size photos of child and parents
11. Immunization chart of child; medical certificate.
12. Class XII pass certificate for alumni.
SECURING A SEAT
1. Apply in as many schools as possible as- the number of general seats in every schools in much less than the demand
2. Reach school early to buy form as most counters remain open only till noon
3. Go through govt guidelines to know if a school is flouting any rule. Parents can lodge a complaint with the deputy education director of the zone where the school is located or on the DoE website.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
1. All schools don't have online application
2. Grab any seat you get, even if the school is not of your choice. The option of transfer is always there.
3. Have enough money to take admission in two schools. Initial fees can be as high as Rs. 1.5L
4. Make ample copies of birth certificate.

Information gathered from Internet Click Here

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