August 9, 2015

Panel needed to regulate admissions in Gurgaon

There is a growing clamour for the formation of a district-level committee to streamline nursery admissions in the city, in the wake of irregularities in the admission calendar, refund policy and age criterion.

According to parents, nursery admissions in most private unaided schools in the city start in August, which puts a lot of pressure on them to get the child admitted to a school early. Besides, schools follow different policies for the refund of booking amount and many schools don't provide a break-up of the fee.

"The booking amount in most of the schools is as high as Rs 40,000. Also, parents don't get any break-up of the fee structure before March," said Sanjana Khurana, a resident of Sector 57 and a mother of a three-year-old boy.

"While many schools take the cut-off age as two and a half years in nursery, some have set the benchmark at three years," said Gaurav, another parent.

A district-level committee, comprising parents, officials from the district education office and private schools, was formed by the district administration for higher education a couple of months ago.

"Unlike Delhi, there is no regulatory body for nursery admissions. Forming a committee to set up certain guidelines for nursery admission is certainly a good idea," committee member Gauri Sarin said. Deputy commissioner T L Satyaprakash, however, expressed helplessness saying, "The government doesn't have any specific mandate for nursery admissions in private schools."