The ongoing hue and cry for the admissions in the city government schools has landed the school authorities and even the education officials in a puddle.
With a large number of people approaching officials for admissions of their wards to their preferred schools, many can be seen indulging in heated arguments and using rude and obscene language.
HT was recently witness to a scene at the deputy DEO office where words like "Lagda hai uparon hi phone karana paina" (looks like I will have to call a senior official), "Bakwas rules hain ye sab, hum yahan ikatha hoke ayenge" (The rules of the department are useless and we would return in great strength) were heard from the visitors.
These visitors were asked to give the admission applications for their wards in the schools near houses but they had their personal choices for schools.
For instance, an applicant from Sector 40 wanted the department to allow admission to his ward in Sector 16 Government Model Senior Secondary School which was not applicable according to the neighbourhood norms under RTE.
"We really feel bad when people use such language with us. They do not understand that we have to adhere to the directions of the senior officials and cannot overlook the rules set by the department. We always consider the genuine applications and even we are personally calling the principals in case of some confusion. People come with references and then start using rude language with us which sometimes becomes hard for us to bear," said a senior official.
The situation is no different with the school authorities.
"There are 12 rooms in the Government Middle School in Sector 56 and there are 28 sections which have been adjusted in the morning and the evening shifts. As no space was left for more students in the school, we adjusted the students to the Government Schools in Sector 40 and 52 as they fall within the 3 km area. Parents turned up in large numbers along with their area counsellors and created a huge scene as they wanted their children to be shifted to the school in Sector 39. That school is already full with the students, but they were not ready to listen us and were rude to us," said a school official.
DPI (schools) Kamlesh Kumar said that officials really have to face the heat at times as people behave very rudely with the teachers and the education staff. He added that people should understand the limitations of the department which have to follow the norms on priority basis.