Delhi: Girls outshine boys in nursery list too

The results show that on average over 70 percent girls have managed to make into the lists in many schools.

Updated: Feb 12, 2012, 10:47 AM IST

New Delhi: With many schools releasing their
second list of selected candidates, girls appear to have taken
away a big slice of the nursery admission pie in the national
capital but parents are disappointed and complain that schools
have flouted rules.

The results show that on average over 70 percent girls
have managed to make into the lists in many schools, while the
ratio is more than 95 percent in a reputed school in Dwarka.

The list of about 430 selected children available on the
website of St Thomas` School in Dwarka shows that less than 10
boys have been able to make the cut.

"There`s hardly any boy in the list. Being a co-ed school
it should have been fair with both the genders," said Mandeep
Kapoor, who has applied in the school for his son`s admission.

"If not, they should have mentioned it earlier, so that
we would have not wasted out time in applying in the school,"
said another parent, not wishing to be named.

"My son has been selected in the school, but I am just
reluctant to send my child to the school," she told a news agency.

When asked, the school`s admission coordinator Neebha
said, "We preferred girl children for admission into nursery
classes. The few boys whose names appeared in the list were
actually decided by the school management."

The other reputed schools in the city that have given
undue preference to girls included Birla Vidya Niketan, Pushpa
Vihar; Heritage School, Vasant Kunj, GD Goenka Vasant Kunj
among others.

Experts attribute this skewed girl-boy ratio to faults in
the points system being followed by schools this year.

"The roots of the problem stem from the defects in the
points system. Many schools gave points separately under `girl
child` and `first child`, which have given an edge to girls
over boys this year," says Sumit Vohra, founder of online
parents forum ``.

"Giving incentives to girls is not bad. But it is needed
more in rural set ups not in metros like Delhi," he reasoned.

Ashok Ganguly, the former CBSE chairmen who devised the
points system for Delhi schools in 2007, pointed out that lack
of a uniform points system is the key reason behind this

"Unless a uniform selection procedure is being followed
strictly across the board, such problems are likely to surface
every admission season," he said.

The lists released by schools in the second round had
very few names, adding to parents` disappointment.

On seeing the lists containing only eight to ten names,
parents alleged that many schools had not considered
children who figured in the wait-listed.

"My son was in the wait-list of KR Mangalam World School
in GK II. But in the second list out few days ago, there were
hardly any names of children from the wait list," said Neha, a
resident of that locality.

"When I demanded a clarification, the school officials
said there is no rule which suggests that wait-listed
candidates will be selected in the second list," she said.

The situation at the school`s Vikash Puri branch is also
the same, said another anxious parent Taneet Arora.

"Interestingly, the school has put up a list on its
notice boards which has only 10 names and all begin with
alphabet A," explained Arora, who has applied for his
daughter`s admission in 24 schools, but is yet to find a place
for her.

Meanwhile, authorities in GK-II branch reportedly said,
"We will come out with a third list only after the admissions
are done. But currently we are admitting only those children
whose names have appeared in the two lists."

Parents and experts alleged that several schools have
manipulated the selection procedure to suit their interests.

"It appears that such schools are manipulating the
selection procedure by encouraging backdoor entries with hefty
donations," Vohra said.

"There are some schools which have given points under
sibling as well as first child. How on earth is it possible
that a first child can get points for being a sibling," he
said, adding that, the Directorate of Education needs to take
such complaints seriously.

Ganguly, however, said all the chaos and controversies
being witnessed today arise from "the skewed demand and supply

"The government needs to strengthen its schools to
address this problem," he added.