Each year parents queue up in front of schools armed with some little information about the reputation of the school, a form and some sort of formal payment just to be able to enter the hallowed portals that will take their tender toddlers to success in the world. However, for the academic session 2017-18 schools in gurgaon have started nursery admission in a departure from the schedule followed last year, leaving parents confused. The admission process, which usually commences around mid-August, has already started in some schools and others are also expected to start the process soon. Parents complain that absence of an academic calendar for schools in Gurgaon is landing them in troubles.
Schools such as The HDFC School, The Millennium School, Delhi Public School Sushant Lok, Lotus Valley International School and Kunskapskollan have already started their admission process. Scottish High International will open the registration process on August 1. Other schools, including DPS Sector 45 and Ryan International School, are also likely to start the process by mid-August.
Education experts suggest that the early start of admission by some schools is due to growing competition among them. A large part of the issue in nursery admissions is around school autonomy. Delhi seems to be leading this battle, but it was pretty much sure that the same issues will travel to other states too. The question here is should schools select their students? Should schools have autonomy in deciding the criteria for admission to their portals. The answer seems to be an obvious yes in case of the private schools.
Every year, more and more schools with better infrastructure and technology come up in Gurgaon. These institutes give a strong competition to the existing ones, which is why schools want to start admission before others. On the other hand, schools say that they have started early admission to give more time to the parents to complete the formalities. However, for the comfort of the parents, the schools are providing forms both offline and online.
In a perfect world there would be enough nursery and school places where all children would join in small groups and be loved and nurtured as they learn. We do not live in a perfect world and there is a shortage of quality education places. From where we are, some competition for scarce seats is inevitable. Even if government schools were up to standard – and there seems to be evidence that many have slipped – there are not enough seats for all.
And the battle continues – what is the best way to allocate nursery seats? Who should get the first chance and who can be left out? Is access to excellence in education a game of chance?