Parents rue lack of transparency in admissions
Preeti is 3 years old, and has applied for admissions to entry-level classes in various schools. Her parent's are not sure of her luck, whether she will get admission in their favourite school or not. "I do not know whether she will get through in a good school, all thanks to this confusion over which process to follow and also the various reserved categories, where preference is given to alumni and teacher's children," rues Prateek Sharma, her father.chandigarh Updated: Dec 16, 2012 11:18 IST
Preeti is 3 years old, and has applied for admissions to entry-level classes in various schools. Her parent's are not sure of her luck, whether she will get admission in their favourite school or not. "I do not know whether she will get through in a good school, all thanks to this confusion over which process to follow and also the various reserved categories, where preference is given to alumni and teacher's children," rues Prateek Sharma, her father.
"Some schools want us to stay near it while some want us to stand in long queues. But, I know children who study in the best city schools without staying near it, I do not understand how simple rules cannot be made and followed by the schools? Today, there is so much uncertainty regarding my daughter's future," said Akhil Prasad, who has applied in every school he could lay his sights on for his daughter's admission.
HT discussed this major concern of the parents during the admission season. The parents are speculative of the various processes being followed in the private schools and are also concerned about their transparency. But, what can be done to ensure or how can the schools raise the bar of transparency where they know that there is no foul play involved during the process.
Presently, the 69 private schools are using draw of lots system where slips with names of all those who have submitted forms in the particular school are put in a box and then mixed together. The slips are pulled out one by one in the presence of school officials and parents.
However, parents maintain that they are not sure whether slips with all names are put in the box or not.
A solution given by the parents for this process includes: setting up a parent committee who will be involved in the process, the committee will act as an observer and look into the working of the process. "I think a parents committee can look into the process or the parents could crosscheck the name of children through the committee, that will ensure his/her name has been included," says a parent Suheel Singh.
Under the point system, points are allotted to each child with respect to his or her siblings already admitted in school, wards of alumni, candidates living in neighbourhood, special children, girl child, parent's education qualifications and school-specific parameters. However, a child (actually his or her parents) would have to fill in a pro forma in detail.
"The schools following point system should put forth, on what grounds have the points been given which is otherwise not disclosed by the schools. It is very important to know the process of selection as future of many children are involved," said Pooja Saxena, a parent.
Lastly, in the first-come-first-serve system, those who approach the school reserve a seat. But here too, questions remain as to how others would know that those offered seats were indeed the first ones to approach the school. "In this process the situation is extremely dicey since maintaining a log or record of sort could be can also be tampered with. But, a child might be allotted roll numbers according to the basis they have taken admission," said Rajesh Kumar, a parent.
Manjit Madra, principal of Doon International School said, "The parents should have confidence on the schools. We have never encouraged manipulation and we always expect this either from other schools also. I want to urge the schools to give admissions to the little children without any expectations, because it is their future we are building and that is what we have committed to."