Most parents of Class 11 and 12 science students in Punjab are familiar with ‘dummy admissions’.
Their ward is packed off to big coaching centres to prepare for the ‘more relevant’ engineering or IIT entrance exams — either in Kota or Chandigarh or other centres — while the board-affiliated schools help them out by taking care of 75% compulsory school attendance and practical exams for the two years.
Now, HT has found that this culture is widespread in Chandigarh as well.
Stakeholders are happy. The parents want their child to be an engineer or a doctor and do not care if it is via a coaching centre or a school. The student is happy to be spared the burden of attending perceived ‘waste-oftime’ classes.
The coaching centres and the schools laugh all the way to the bank, having charged a premium for the ‘service’.
SCHOOLS ON PANEL
A Chandigarh addition to the concept, perhaps, is that coaching centres claim to have schools on its panel.
“Do not talk about this (dummy admissions). The reference (Ace Tutorials, Sector 34) is enough. Make your one-time payment and ensure that your ward attends practicals and term exams,” said TK Bains, principal, Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School, Sector 35.
The coaching centre (Ace) has this arrangement, also with Guru Nanak Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Sector 30, and SD Public School, Sector 24, if its manager Naresh Bhardwaj is to be believed.
Ravi Dogra of Helix Institute, Sector-34, promised dummy admission at Guru Nanak Senior Secondary School, Sector 30. At the school, chemistry teacher Shivani confirmed the claim.
Counselor Neena Datt at Allen Career Institute, Sector 34, said that it had Bal Niketan Senior Secondary Model School, Sector 37; Stepping Stones School, Sector 37; Sant Isher Singh Public School in Phase 7 SAS Nagar and Anne’s in Kharar, on ‘their panel’.
When questioned, she said: “These schools will ensure dummy admission.”
Nita, at Anne’s, Kharar, said that the school had admitted 180 students from Allen Coaching Institute for Class 11 and 12.
She claimed to have admitted students from Helix Institute Sector 34, Dr Pradeep Coaching Institute, Sector 34, and Aakash Coaching Institute, Sector 34.
‘COME FOR A DAY A WEEK’
Administrative officer of Bal Niketan Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, PK Wadhera, ensured ‘dummy admission’ with a day a week attendance mandatory.
Aakash Coaching Institute and Dr Pradeep’s Coaching Institute also ensured dummy admission to SD Public School, Sector 24.
Rajneesh Bajaj from Focus Institute-34 claimed that he had a ‘tie-up’ with Guru Gobind Singh School, Sector 35.