Some schools are even demanding three to four lakh rupees to ensure a child's admission under their 'highly- manipulative' management quota, parents and experts alleged.
"We have lost all hope of our son's admission as the schools where he was shortlisted have asked us more than Rs one lakh to secure our child's name in the final list," said Arti Sharma, a south Delhi resident.
"I have applied to more than 10 schools, but none of them have selected my child. And where he was shortlisted, they are asking so much money which I cannot afford. His chances of getting admission this year looks very slim," Sharma told.
Ranjit Arora, a resident of Pitampura who had applied to more than 20 schools, also has a similar story.
"My son didn't get selected in any school. A few good schools offered my child a nursery seat but for a hefty amount," Arora said. Sumit Vohra, founder of admissionsnursery.com, said such complaints are a regular feature on his forum.
"A look at our website shows you hundreds of such donation-related complaints posted by parents this year," Vohra said.
"It seems as if some schools have converted their general seats into paid seats under the highly-manipulative management quota which is a very disturbing phenomenon," he said.
Unhappy with the Directorate of Education (DoE) for not taking adequate steps to prevent such 'corruption', parents are now venting their anger on the online forum.
Parents have alleged how some schools have turned nursery admission into a money-minting business. Educationists also pointed out that fees in top schools are going to leave a big hole in the pockets of parents.
According to the fees structure available on the websites of some schools, one has to pay Rs 95,220 towards tuition fees of a year, Rs 14,283 as development charges and Rs 14283 as annual charges, besides other minor charges.
According to experts, the nursery season also saw two disturbing trends such as advance booking and the policy of first-come-first-serve.
Ishwar Natrajan, a resident of Anand Vihar, says he is a victim of the these policies that spoilt his daughter's chances of getting admission in a neighbourhood school of which he himself is an alumnus.
"My daughter's name appeared in the list of selected candidates in the school, but when I went to the school, they told me the admission are over and they had adopted a first-come-first-serve policy," he said.
When contacted by media, Shashi Kausal, Additional Director of DoE, declined to comment.