The wait for the anxious parents is finally over as the much awaited nursery admission process has started in most of the private schools in Delhi-NCR. This year, there are many changes in the admission process. Following a series of court cases, the lieutenant governor was entrusted with deciding the admission guidelines. While his order dated December 18, 2013, was welcomed by parents, it dealt a big blow to schools.
It abolished the management quota and the "neighborhood factor" has been given priority. The order stated that only 5% staff quota will be allowed. In case the seats in the staff quota remained vacant, it would be open for other candidates. While 5% quota was reserved for girls in co-ed schools, 25% seats were reserved for students falling in the category of economically weaker section and disadvantaged groups.
This year, the education front has witnessed many faux-pas. It started with the scrapping of the four-year-undergrad program of Delhi University. On June 27, former vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh affirmed the move over the four-year degree course. There was another controversy which the university faced in May 2014 over the repetition of question paper for the fifth semester of financial management course under School of Open Leaning. This was followed by one more mistake of introducing out-of-syllabus questions, leading to cancellation of Hindi paper.
The LG's order enforced reservation of economically weaker section in minority institutions based on lease deed agreements and not the Right to Education Act. The minority schools also moved the court and got themselves exempted from the guidelines altogether. Also, one of the court cases filed by two school associations won them the autonomy to decide their own criteria and points distribution systems this year.