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Parents changing their domicile as per school preferences: Assocham survey
Nearly 32% of parents who live in rented houses are willing to shift within the radius of "more popular schools" in Delhi-NCR for the sake of getting admission of their kids to their favourite schools, showing increasing anxiety among the parents towards their children, according to a recent analysis by apex industry body Assocham.

The associated chamber of commerce and industry of India (Assocham) recent survey on “Nursery admission procedures are taking away the innocence of pre-schooling” reveals that this trends are more visible in parents who have a rented house in Delhi-NCR. Over 21% of parents who have a rented house already shifted to the areas with more numbers of “famous schools” in Dwarka, Vasant Kunj, Rajendra Nagar, Rohini etc.

Others are planning to shift to areas where the concentration of 'good' schools is higher and have already asked their brokers to find an accommodation, reveals the  latest survey.

The survey was conducted on 2,500 parents in Delhi-NCR reveals that many parents are intending to move to Dwarka, Vasant Kunj, Rajendra Nagar, Rohini etc. as there are number of schools within the vicinity. Currently, proximity to school-or 'distance'-is the criterion which carries the highest number of points, reveal the majority of parents. The only parameter allowed is 'distance' based on the neighbourhood concept.

“Nursery admission has become an anxiety-ridden mission for parents seeking to secure a seat for their tiny tots in reputed public schools due to limited number of seats”, said Mr. D S Rawat, Secretary General, Assocham while releasing the paper.

“For parents it is sort of a wild shot as even after shelling out so much of money on admission forms there is no certainty that their child will eventually get through that school”, added Mr. Rawat.

The neighbourhood criteria has made parents rush to shift house so that they can be within the three kms radius of the school, a distance that will get them a full 20 points, points out the survey.

There are over 3,000 public schools in Delhi which normally sell prospectus’, containing details about admission processes in their respective schools for a sum of Rs.500-800, adds the Assocham paper.

“Increasingly rising price of admission procedure in most of privately managed schools in metro has deterred the budget of even well to do families. Education is now being run like a commercial business enterprise these days”, added Mr. Rawat. As per the chamber estimates over 60 million children are studying in private schools charging hefty fees.

Having fallen through a lopsided government-approved points-system, many parents are being forced to opt for management seats that cost around Rs 1.5 lakh and more, adds the majority of respondent.

Some parents have no option unless take a loan. Nearly 28% said they are trying to get a personal loan. Some of them are already paying for a home loan and it is extremely difficult to survive under such circumstances, add the respondents.

About 65% of the parents said, there are areas also with no popular school within a two-three kilometer radius. Parents in these areas feel that they should be allowed to apply at schools where their kid can travel and take on responsibility of picking and dropping off their children, adds the parents.

On the other hand, nearly 28% of parents said, "it's not possible to just pack up our bags and move”. They are willing to arrange for transport but still not get the points for distance.

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