July 27, 2015

Nursery Admissions 2016-17 in Gurgaon begin at a two day fair....

Admissions to nursery classes in city schools for the 2016-17 academic session began with Schoolex — a two-day exhibition that ended Sunday. More than 9,000 parents visited the fair. Many admitted they were surprised by proactive schools, who were willing to offer admissions ad lib.

Vijay Aggarwal, a parent and Sector 56 resident, said, "I got interested in two of the participating schools, but was taken aback when I learnt they were offering admissions on the spot. I thought I should postpone the decision until I do more research."

The schools, however, said they were only offering on-the-spot registrations and not admissions. "We were not offering admissions, but inviting parents to visit the school and then take a decision," said a representative of Kunskapsskolan School, DLF I.
Experts believe the annual school fair holds a lot of importance in Gurgaon, because the city's migrant population — more often than not — is clueless about the academic institutions it has to offer.
"Parents in Delhi are generally aware of the reputation of schools, but the same is not true for Gurgaon. In these two days of interaction, parents can easily shortlist schools they want to go for," said Amit Sachdeva, CEO of Liveweek, the Schoolex organiser.
Kapil Sahu, a parent seeking admission who recently shifted from Jammu, said, "Instead of running after each and every school in the city, I now know which ones to apply." He, however, was stunned by the high fees charged by city schools. "I expected the quarterly fee to be in the range of Rs 12,000 to Rs 15,000, but the lowest here appears to be between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000," Sahu said.
The schools participated to showcase their unique selling proposition at the fair.
Yasmin Khan, principal of Paras World School in Sector 50, emphasized their unique pedagogy that marries the CBSE curriculum with the International Baccalaureate one.
Similarly, Sandy Hooda, co-founder of Vega School in Sector 48, told TOI about the model of teaching the school follows, which is different from conventional classrooms.
Some parents were little disappointed as some of the prominent schools gave the exhibition a miss. "Some sought-after schools like The Shri Ram, The Heritage, Shiv Nadar and Sun City World schools didn't participate in the fair. We couldn't speak to their representatives," a parent said.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/Schools-begin-admissions-to-nursery-at-two-day-fair/articleshow/48229988.cms