Parents from SAS Nagar, who want to enrol their children in city government schools, are feeling harassed at the hands of school principals who are refusing them admissions bluntly.
The UT education department has not even marked any school for admission to students from Nayagaon and Kansal.
Authorities were seen refusing admissions to students even as their parents tried to push applications from various MLAs and counsellors.
"My son is already studying in Sector 16 Government Model Senior Secondary School but they are not letting my daughter study in the school now. I have requested them a lot but no one paid heed," said Sunita, a resident from Kansal.
HT reported on March 26 that as per the new education policy, students from the city would be provided admissions on priority basis and thus admissions to students from Punjab and Haryana have been restricted in city schools.
The aim of the policy, as claimed by the education department, is to control the increasing numbers of students in each section of the schools. The department wants to stick with the RTE guidelines which state that there should not be more than 40-45 students in each section.
"Rather than cribbing against our policy, which is fair enough according to the RTE, Punjab administration should raise the standards of their schools so that their students do not have to face such harassment which is not a deliberate act from our side. It's a matter of pride for us that students from neighbouring cities want to take education in our schools bearing testimony to the quality of education we have but unfortunately we have to maintain the child and teacher ratio too," said a senior official.
In another observation from the schools, parents in the city have a few favourite schools and most of them are struggling to enrol their children in those schools including government model schools in Sectors 16 and 10, which is not letting the education department maintain a balance in admissions to the city schools.
"I have around 3,200 students in my school and therefore had to stick a notice on the gate of the school stating that no more admissions will be entertained as we are already overcrowded with students. We are suggesting the parents to enrol their wards in the neighbouring government school in Sector 11 but they don't want to listen to us," claimed Harbir Ananad, principal of GMSSS-10.
Full House: As per RTE guidelines, students from the city will be given priority during admissions to control overcrowding in schools.