Nursery admission day: Excitement for some, disappointment for others

  • Nikhil Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 18, 2015 17:34 IST

It was a day of excitement and disappointment for parents who participated in the draw of lots for Classes nursery to UKG in four convent schools of the city on Saturday.

The draw of lots were held at around 3 pm at these four convent schools — St Anne’s, Sector 32; Carmel Convent, Sector 9, Sacred Heart, Sector 26; and St John’s High School, Sector 26.

Parents of wards, who got selected through these draw of lots, were seen sharing the good news with their family and friends through mobile phones.

“I am unable to hold back my tears. My daughter, Aaradhya, has got the admission in Sacred Heart, which was my first choice,”said an ecstatic Anjuman Suri, a parent, and director of physical education, UT.

Many parents were left disappointed. Others returned home due to some documentation problems, and many were seen calling their family members to bring the mandatory entry slips.

“I wanted to secure admission for my daughter in Sacred Heart but, we were not lucky enough. So we have applied in some other schools and hopefully, she will be able to make it,”said Shaival Malhotra, a parent.

Schools, including St John’s, restricted children’s entry on the premises. Only a single parent was allowed in the school, and traffic cops were on their toes, clearing the roads outside these schools due to the heavy footfall.

At St John’s High School, of 160 seats in the UKG, 95 seats went to the general category students, while the rest of the seats went to the reserved category and the economically weaker section (EWS) category. Five students were on the waiting list.

At Sacred Heart, out of a total 200 seats in LKG, as many as 86 seats went to the general category, while 40 went to the EWS. Also, two seats were granted to the wards of the alumni, while 72 seats were reserved for Christians and their siblings.

At Carmel Convent, out of total 120 seats for LKG, 47 were allotted to the general class; 73 to the wards of alumni, staff and Christians; and five were kept in the waiting list.

At St Anne’s , out of total 225 seats in LKG, 105 seats were allotted to the general category, including 40 boys and 65 girls; 42 were allotted to the sibling category. All eligible wards of Christians, staff, alumni and siblings were already selected.

Draw at St Kabir

Meanwhile, the draws were also conducted in others city schools, including St Kabir in Sector 26 where out of total 90 seats in nursery, 29 were allotted to the general category; 52 for the siblings of school students; seven went to the alumni quota; and two seats were allotted to the school staff ward.

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