It's Nursery Admission Time in the Capital - The Mess. Once Again

posted Jan 27, 2018, 7:37 PM by Prashant Bhattacharji   [ updated Jan 28, 2018, 8:30 PM ]
This is the state of the most basic form of education right in the national capital. There are hardly any worthwhile schools, even for those who can afford to pay. The Delhi Nursery Admission mess. Now that this cake has baked once again (like it does every year, with the regularity of Christmas cakes) - the numbers I had estimated last year.

"2.5 lakh students appeared for the CBSE class 12 exams in Delhi in 2016. And there are barely 5000 odd seats in what may be considered "good or okay schools" (judging on class average > 75% which is hardly a criteria). "
Takes something like 25-28 Cr to setup a Shri Ram like school in Delhi (and 15-18 Cr in a town in UP). And then, if someone has to run it as a non-profit with the RTE quota, is it any surprise that the last time some okay schools came up in the capital was in the mid nineties? And then the hassles for an NOC + affiliation. Might as well setup a warehouse or an onion storage center. Capacity first regulations later. That of course will come with its own share of problems like Mumbai or Hyderabad-style fees going into lakhs, but at least there's capacity. It is distressing to see parents come and literally plead to us to add more sections/classes in our small primary school but the risks and hassles are simply not worth it - and how does one monitor quality.