"If all this was not enough, some new schools in the city are allegedly forcing parents to cough up Rs.50,000 to Rs.2 lakh in cash, without giving them receipt, if they want a seat for their children."
By Jagriti Kumari

New Delhi, May 3 - Thousands of parents are undergoing a harrowing time as they battle to get their children into nursery classes of leading schools in the national capital. But many are celebrating too.

With a little over 20 private schools emerging as virtual status symbols, not getting admission in them leaves many families distraught. More so when many parents are willing to shell out huge sums as donation money.

One parent related her harrowing experience vis-a-vis the nursery struggle. And a doctor spoke of parents having psycho-emotional turmoil if their child failed to make the cut.

I am may be one of the lucky few to have my son admitted to one of the reputed schools of Delhi without much hassle, Nilanjana Bose, a relieved young mother, told IANS.

But until it happened, she confessed she too was stressed, worried and anxious.

For every Bose, there are many despairing parents.

A mother who failed to secure the school of her choice for her three-year-old son told IANS: It is a really very tough time that I am going through right now.

Delhi has nearly 5,000 schools, including those run by the government. However, parents vie to get their children admitted to some top 20 schools controlled by private bodies.

These include Vasant Valley School, The Shri Ram School, Sanskriti School, Delhi Public School, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Mothers International, Modern School, Springdales School, Air Force Bal Bharti School, Amity International School, Apeejay School, St Francis School and Mount Carmel School.

Sumit Vohra, who runs an online forum to help parents, says that every year some 400,000 applications pour in for around 100,000 nursery seats in Delhi.

A quarter of these are reserved for economically weaker sections, he said.

The leading schools don't come cheap. Their monthly fees, even at the nursery level, can range from Rs.2,000 to a whopping Rs.15,000.

If parents do not get a school of their choice, it can even trigger depression.

Sunil Kumar, a doctor at Ethos Body and Mind Care, said every year he and his colleagues get many such cases.

Failure to get a seat in a reputed school leads to major psycho-emotional turmoil. It varies from frustration to depression. There is a feeling of rejection, failure or being left out, Kumar told IANS.

He described the prestigious schools as a status symbol.

The admission process in schools begins in the third week of January. The first list of selected candidates is supposed to come out in the last week of February.

There is a point system followed for admission into the nursery section.

Parents living within one to eight kilometres from the school get 70 points. There are 20 points for those already with a child in that school, and five points if one was an alumnus of the school.

Five more points are given in case of an interstate transfer. This has become a bone of contention between a section of the parents and the Delhi government leading to litigation.

Normally, the nursery session starts in the first week of April. But this year the session is yet to start due to judicial battles.

Parents who fail to get their child into the top schools then got what they think is the next best option. Even this is not easy.

If all this was not enough, some new schools in the city are allegedly forcing parents to cough up Rs.50,000 to Rs.2 lakh in cash, without giving them receipt, if they want a seat for their children.

-


comments powered by Disqus
Read more on:
 DELHI (97881 views)
 NEW DELHI (71831 views)
 MONEY (33095 views)
 BEST (24411 views)
 INTERNATIONAL (19221 views)
 DELHI GOVERNMENT (12291 views)
 SHELL (11202 views)
 DOCTOR (10631 views)
 MEL (9861 views)
 DIDA (8609 views)
 NATIONAL CAPITAL (6101 views)
 RTS (6171 views)
 DEPRESSION (5761 views)
 CHE (5781 views)
 NSF (5301 views)
 PATEL (5271 views)
 EADS (4121 views)
 BHARTI (4051 views)
 SANSKRIT (3778 views)
 ALREADY (3531 views)
 AIR FORCE (3411 views)
 SUNIL KUMAR (2957 views)
 REJECT (2461 views)
 APEEJAY SCHOOL (2162 views)
 PRIVATE SCHOOL (1211 views)
 PUBLIC SCHOOL (1171 views)
 VIDYALAYA (1111 views)
 INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (291 views)
 SHRI RAM SCHOOL (279 views)
 AMITY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (154 views)
 

PERMALINK

http://www.nerve.in/news:2535002371463
You can quote the permanent link above for a direct link to the story. We do not archive or expire our news stories.


STORY OPTIONS
  Email this story to a friend
  XML feed for India


 
COPYRIGHTS INFORMATION
All rights reserved for news content. Reproduction, storage or redistribution of Nerve content and articles in any medium is strictly prohibited.
Contact Nerve Staff for any feedback, corrections and omissions in news stories.
 

All rights reserved for the news content. Reproduction, storage or redistribution of Nerve content and articles in any medium is strictly prohibited.