New Delhi: The admission process from nursery to class XII in the national capital has witnessed a cut-throat competition in the past decade due to paucity of seats. 

Every year there is an increase of 30 to 40 percent in nursery admissions. Around 2 lakh students are provided admission in the recognized private schools, the government schools are entitled for 17,000 seats only.

While five lakh students applied for 2 lakh seats in private schools in 2010, the number was above four lakh students in 2009. Students who fail to secure an admission are left with no other option than to head for non-affiliated private schools.

In the past 10 years, there has been a 100 percent increase in the number of private schools, but the increase in the number of government schools has been a mere 10 percent. As a result, capital city Delhi has around 1,950 affiliated private schools.

Interestingly, there are more than 2,000 schools which are not affiliated with either the MCD or the Delhi government. With heavy rush in government schools, parents who want to education their children in private schools often knock the doors of non-affiliated institutions.

Recently, even the CBSE had taken up the issue that a class should have only 40 students. If this yardstick is to be followed then, there would be a need of more 500 government schools as at present the each class of a government schools has strength of 80 to 100 students.

There are 637 government schools in Delhi and 925 Sarvodaya schools which include both morning and evening shits.

There has been a snail pace growth in the number of government schools subsequently, there are at least 1591 non-affiliated schools in Delhi.

Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely had informed that 32 new public schools will be opened for which land and budget have been allocated.

(JPN/ Bureau)