The Delhi government announced on Wednesday that the process for admission to nursery schools in more than 1,700 schools in the nation’s capital would begin from Feb. 18, according to the Directorate of Education (DoE).
The announcement brings respite to several anxious parents who have been waiting for notification for more than two months amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Congratulations to all parents and children. We need to bring the excitement back to schools after beating the coronavirus. Our schools are waiting for their students,” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, referring to the admission schedule notification in nursery.
Here are 10 details about the Delhi nursery admission process:
1) According to the notified schedule, the application process will start on February 18 and the last application date is March 4. The first list of selected children will be posted on March 20, followed by the second list on March 25 and the next list for admission, if applicable, on March 27. The entire admission process will end on March 31.
2) The DoE also ordered that since schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and physical learning in the classroom does not continue for entrance classes at this time, no fees except prescribed registration fees, admission fees, warning fees (if school has already been billed) and tuition fees, will be billed at the time of admission by the schools and, thereafter, only the Tuition fees will be charged to students until further orders.
3) Sharing the admission guidelines, Udit Prakash Raj, Director of DOE, said, “No deviation from the above schedule will be allowed. Each school must post the admission schedule on its notice board and its website. In addition, each school must ensure that the application admission forms are made available to all applicants until the last date of submission of the application form.
4) “Only a non-refundable amount of ₹25 may be charged to parents as a registration fee. The purchase of the school leaflet by parents will be optional, ”he added.
5) In accordance with the standards, all recognized non-assisted private schools admitting children at preschool, pre-primary and class 1 levels will reserve 25% of seats for pupils in the EWS or DG category and for disabled children.
6) The Directorate of Education has stated that recognized private schools without assistance should develop and adopt admission criteria which should be fair, reasonable, well-defined, equitable, non-discriminatory, unambiguous and transparent.
7) “No school shall adopt the criterion abolished by the department, including the imposition of capitation or donation fees. Kindergartens or Montessori schools operated by registered companies or trusts as branches of schools recognized unassisted students will have to follow a single admission process for their school and the main school considering them as a single institution, ”he added.
8) A monitoring unit will be set up in each district under the chairmanship of the deputy director (district) concerned, who will ensure that each private school uploads the criteria and their points on the online module and ensures that the school does not them adopted by criteria which were abolished by the department and confirmed by the High Court of Delhi.
9) Usually, Delhi nursery admissions begin the last week of November. Delhi government officials said in December that a proposal to cut nursery admissions was under consideration, as schools were closed for nine months due to COVID-19 and will remain closed until after. a vaccine is available.
10) However, Chief Deputy Minister Manish Sisodia last month ruled out cutting nursery admissions.