September 12, 2016

Non-refundable fee policy in Gurgaon Schools....

Parents are worried over absence of refund policy

Nursery admissions for the next academic year have already begun in many private schools in the city. But the absence of a refund policy and lack of intervention from education authorities are putting parents in a tight spot.

Most private schools set the percentage of non-refundable fees between 45% and 50%. Unlike Delhi, where the share of refundable fee is decided by the education authorities, in Gurgaon, each school decides its own without much transparency. As a result, parents say they are losing money in cancellations.

In Delhi, if a child is withdrawn within one month of deposit of fees, the school can deduct admission fees/registration fees —both very low in Delhi as compared to Gurgaon — and one month's tuition fees, and it has to refund the balance amount within 15 days.

"Private schools in Gurgaon have created a monopoly charging by whatever they wish. It is very important for the government to intervene or else the parents will keep suffering the same way," said Jatin Gudwani, a parent who works with Castrol India. He suggested that the city's education department could a take a leaf out of Delhi's policy in these cases.

The state government also seems to have turned a deaf ear in the matter, which has been going on for more than five years now, said parents.

The absence of a refund policy becomes a bigger problem for parents because there is no set timeline for opening of school admissions. In Gurgaon, the admission process runs for four months, starting mid-July, and some sought-after schools either come up with results or open admissions in October. Hence, parents are in catch 22 situations as there is no uniform fee refund policy.

"My son got through in DPS Sushant Lok, and the school authorities asked us to make a payment of Rs 1 lakh. They told us they would refund only Rs 40,000 in case of cancellation. Anyway, we did not pay the money, hoping he will make it to some other school. But that hasn't happened either and now I am out of options," saidNeeta Saini, a parent and a teacher working with a government school.


August 22, 2016

Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon - Important Updates, Nursery Admissions 2017-18

Registrations for Nursery Admissions for the session 2017-18 will open on the 14th September, 2016 (11 AM to 4 PM)

Important Updates regarding Nursery Admissions
  1. Registration window for Nursery Admissions at Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon for the session 2017-18 will open on the 14th of September' 2016 between 11 AM and 4 PM

  2. You can click on REGISTER FOR ADMISSION to go to the registration portal.

  3. Due to multiple Nursery Admission windows in the city, the nursery admission fee for session 2017-18 has been made refundable. The admission withdrawal has to be made latest by October 31st, 2016 to avail the admission fee refund.

To know more click here    

August 19, 2016

Gurgaon parents puzzle due to varying nursery admission procedures

Gurgaon schools, unlike Delhi schools, do not have a regulatory body to check nursery admission procedures that started in July
With the age limit for nursery admission still unclear, parents seeking admission for their little ones have more to worry about after schools notified different admission procedures.
While some schools are using point system and lottery system to choose students, some others prefer personal interaction. Some institutions are also giving admission on a first-come first-served basis.
Gurgaon schools, unlike Delhi schools, do not have a regulatory body to check nursery admission procedures that started in July. The district education officers (DEOs) - elementary and senior - say the nursery section does not come under their purview.
“Every parent chooses at least three to four schools for their child. The problem is that each school is following different criteria and it is not mentioned on their websites. Most of the time, we have to call the reception and get all the information. If we miss something, the chances of our child getting admission will be lower,” Sarthak Thakur, a parent said.
Some parents blamed schools for going against the Right to Education (RTE) norms by screening and profiling children. However, schools said the interaction session is conducted so that parents can understand the school better.
A parent, requesting anonymity, said, “Recently, we were called to a school for an interview. The interviewer was more interested in knowing my profession and the annual package than knowing about the child. We were furious but as it is a good school, so we had to play along.”
Dhriti Malhotra, principal, Manav Rachna International School in Sector 46, said, “Children are chosen on a first-come-first-served basis after which we conduct interactions. We want to understand the child better and help the parents understand the institution better.”
Schools that follow point system give scores to applicants on criteria such as distance from school, sibling, girl child and contribution towards national cause. For example, HDFC School in Sector 57 gives priority to applicants on three grounds - proximity from school, siblings and employee’s child.
Rupa Chakravarty, principal of Suncity World School in Sector 53 said, “Point system is the most transparent way to admit children. The system was made after a lot of research and is beneficial for all stakeholders, including parents, children and the school.”
However, some parents said the point system is unfair. They said if they want their child to go to a good school, they have to buy a house in the locality. Parents with a single child questioned the sibling criteria.
“I want my child to go to a school in Sector 57. My in-laws have been living here for 30 years. Should I change my home now for the admission?” Sangeeta Goel of Sector 15 said.
Schools said the distance criteria is for the safety of children.
“We do not want to risk a child’s security. The first preference will be for students living in a 10-kilometre radius,” Anita Makkar, principal of The HDFC School in Sector 57, said.
Adding to the misery of parents, schools, including Ridge Valley School, Vega Schools in Sector 48, The Maurya School in Palam Vihar, have not mentioned their admission processes.
Madhu Singh, a parent said, “There is a need for some uniformity or regulation in nursery admissions. Schools should mention all details on the display boards or websites so that parents are aware of the process.”

August 13, 2016

Presidium Gurgaon school bus case is shameful and parents raise concerns over safety in school buses

When I first read on Facebook page about girl child molestation case that took place in school bus of Presidium Sector 57, Gurgaon - I was really shocked! Presidium? I checked with fellow parents on WhatsApp group and got it reconfirmed and everybody was concerned!

According to media reports (Hindustan Times), schools officials did not want to face questions and were not available to comment on this matter. The incident raises many questions like -

  • Will Presidium admin will take responsibility of this matter?
  • What lessons education department (state/NCR) has taken from these incidents and what corrective actions they have taken now? 
  • Will police also arrest the person responsible from Presidium school and charge him/her as well for lapse in system and process?

The million dollar question is what those poor parents do who would have just recently admitted their wards in this school that would spend lakhs on promotions but would shut eye to safety of kids. These schools would start admissions at their will and do their best to market their school to attract parents with fat pockets - Gurgaon schools usually start admissions early (and they did it this year for nursery admissions session 2017-2018) as nobody seem to cares in Gurgaon (ah "Guru"gram)! Check this article and even a study says that Nursery Admissions in Gurgaon are costlier than IITs - Yes!!.

Presidium school has exposed the vulnerability of schools going kids to unwanted incidents in school buses! Parents need to take extra measures as schools seem to have never learned any lessons from such incidents of past - we witnessed child death at Ryan International, Vasanth Kunj, Delhi - things are back to usual with nobody really bothered.

Parents need to educate kids and ensure they talk often and observe behaviour changes in kids to spot any concerns, or risks. Here are some some gadgets that are available and could be useful (although costly affair!) like GPS trackers, alarms etc :

 or click here to see latest gadgets available in market.