Delhi School Admissions Evolution Over The Years

Delhi School Admissions Evolution Over The Years

The Evolution

The Delhi School Admissions evolution has been a very gradual and steady one, unfolding with a series of discussions, recommendations, consent, non-consent, and trials. The process has been through various phases, each phase coincidentally belonging to a different government in power. The first phase belonged to the Congress Party, the second one belonging to the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) & last one to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

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Let’s discuss each phase in details:

Phase I:

Governmental Involvement: Some decades back, the government of Delhi had no major role to play in the admission process. Schools’ Involvement: Schools had a complete autonomy in choosing their admission processes.

  • The demand and supply chain for an admission seat was very balanced. There were a handful of private schools in the market but sufficient enough for all the applicants.
  • Boards like IB: The International Baccalaureate & IGCSE: International General Certificate of Secondary Education did not exist at that time & hence there was no hype amongst parents to get that exclusive school for their child.

Most schools had a very basic admission form and the selection process was basis first come first served basis. The schools did not have an advanced level of technology to take the process of admissions completely online, and so the complete onus shifted to parents & bound them to give multiple visits to schools (for enquiring about the admission process, collecting forms, prospectus, submission to the school, & admissions).

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This process was getting cumbersome not just for parents but for schools as well and there was a need to polish and revive the entire process. There was no uniform set of rules to follow, and no authority to supervise, After multiple complaints, appeals and discussions, the next phase of the admission process were brought about.

 

Phase II:

Governmental Involvement: In India, the private schools act as an independent body but the government might give financial aid to these schools by providing land at a subsidized rate etc. The schools which do not receive any aid from the government fall under the category of Unaided Private Schools & hence it is difficult for the government to monitor their actions. During Phase-II, there was minimal intervention and supervision by the government body in these Private unaided schools.

Schools’ Involvement: The Private Unaided Schools still held a complete autonomy in choosing their admission processes, and the government lacked an enforcement of guidelines on these schools.

The shortcomings of the Phase I process were tried to be curbed in this phase. Schools evolved from ‘asking parents to fill an admission form with the basic details’ to a ‘detailed admission form and parent-child interviews’. An international curriculum was getting introduced in some schools although they were not a major success due to very unaffordable fee structures. Some schools even tried introducing an online availability of the application form, but slow internet speeds & lack of good connections at the parent’s place did not produce good results.

Though this phase was a modified version of Phase 1, it had its own loopholes:

  • The schools (even the elite private schools) lacked an online admission process.
  • There was no standard format for the admission form. Parents were starting to realize the importance of education & since there was a surge in the demand for a school seat compared to a lower supply, schools chose selection criteria at their discretion. Parents were judged and given admissions on the basis of their salary, work nature, eating and drinking habits. Seats were getting sold on bribes; rich parents were straightaway given a green flag & the poor parents were struggling to get a seat in the school.

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The government realized the need for stepping in and appointing a strict regulatory body which could keep an eye on the entire education process.

Phase III

With the advent of this phase, Delhi nursery admission process witnessed uniformity and standardization. Delhi now has a proper functioning regulatory government body i.e. D.O.E. (Directorate of Education) which has implemented ‘the point system’ and abolished 51 criteria, which were earlier followed by the Private Unaided Schools (Non-smoking parents, parents-child interview, Vegetarian family etc.). Point system is a system where schools allot certain points to the parents,  based on parameters like the neighborhood, siblings studying in school, parents being the alumnus of the school, girl child, the only child, single parents etc. (parameters of point differs from school to school). Click here to read the complete admission criteria followed by Private schools in Delhi

Click here to read about all the challenges faced by parents during Delhi Admissions along with a detailed response

Every coin has two faces; despite all the goods in this phase, there are certain shortfalls. These are as follows:

  • Not every school has an online portal to facilitate the admission process. Only 15% of the schools follow a completely online process.
  • The DOE has set overall point criteria which shall be used by all the Private Unaided Schools Of Delhi but it does not interfere with the schools’ personal fixation of these criteria. The schools end up misusing this & parents find themselves at the receiving end.
  • The DOE has set up a centralized process of admissions for EWS/DG category but a common process still lacks for the General category which forces the parents of the General category to visit the schools multiple times; once to collect the form & then to submit it. www.schoolling.com-parents-in-queue

We, Schoolling have tried to address one of the shortfalls of Phase 3 by designing a platform which can facilitate application to multiple schools.

It has a simple 3-step process:

  1. Search Schools: You can search for schools using filters like Area, Popularity, Rating, Fee Structure, and Gender to shortlist schools on the basis of your needs.
  2. Apply Online: Fill in a single application form and upload the required documents for the shortlisted schools.
  3. Track your application: Just like you have been tracking your food order, now you can track your application’s status on a real-time basis on our website.
     
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