New Delhi: Thousands of parents are undergoing a harrowing time as they battle to get their children into nursery classes of leading schools in the national capital. But many are celebrating too.
With a little over 20 private schools emerging as virtual status symbols, not getting admission in them leaves many families distraught. More so when many parents are willing to shell out huge sums as "donation money".
One parent related her "harrowing experience" vis-a-vis the nursery struggle. And a doctor spoke of parents having "psycho-emotional turmoil" if their child failed to make the cut.
"I am may be one of the lucky few to have my son admitted to one of the reputed schools of Delhi without much hassle," Nilanjana Bose, a relieved young mother, told IANS.
But until it happened, she confessed she too was "stressed, worried and anxious".
For every Bose, there are many despairing parents.
A mother who failed to secure the school of her choice for her three-year-old son told IANS: "It is a really very tough time that I am going through right now."
Delhi has nearly 5,000 schools, including those run by the government. However, parents vie to get their children admitted to some top 20 schools controlled by private bodies.
These include Vasant Valley School, The Shri Ram School, Sanskriti School, Delhi Public School, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Mothers International, Modern School, Springdales School, Air Force Bal Bharti School, Amity International School, Apeejay School, St Francis School and Mount Carmel School.