Parents queued up outside schools in the capital on Tuesday, the last day for submission of forms for nursery admission. This marks the closure of the first phase of nursery admission. Schools have a month to prepare the lists of selected candidates, which will be released by February 15.
Although many schools allow parents to apply online, most of them direct them to go to the schools to submit forms.
Delhi Public School, RK Puram, received approximately 6,000 forms for 396 seats in its two junior schools in Vasant Vihar and East of Kailash.
Springdales School, Pusa Road, also received 6,000 forms for 72 seats, taking the competition to 83 applicants per seat at the school. For the economically weaker sections (EWS) and disadvantaged groups category, there were almost 76 applicants per seat.
Tagore International School, in East of Kailash, received 2,850 forms for 132 seats in the general category and 750 forms for the EWS category. The ratio is about 21 applicants per seat in general and 17 applicants per seat in the reserved category.
Principals said the number of applicants increases every year, more so in the reserved category. Laxman Public School principal Usha Ram said, “The competition reaches a new high every year, especially in the EWS category.” The school received 3,000 applications for 175 general category seats and 571 forms for 43 EWS seats.
Schools are yet to receive forms collected at help desks set up by the Directorate of Education (DoE) in its 28 zones.
Director Education Amit Singla said, “We are still collating the forms that we have received and we will take another day to sort them before we can send them to the schools.”
Schools expect the applicant to seat ratio under the EWS category to go up after they get the forms sent by DoE. Also, the inclusion of orphans in the same category has increased competition for EWS seats.
However, Manika Sharma, principal of Shri Ram School, Vasant Vihar, said the lottery system helps keep the race fair. “The lottery ensures that there is equal opportunity for all,” she said. The school received more than 2,400 forms for 112 seats.
At Bal Bharati School, Ganga Ram Hospital Marg, 3,654 forms were received for 202 general seats and over 1,000 forms were submitted for 90 EWS seats.