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Amity interviewing children: parents

Parents have alleged that Amity International School, Pushp Vihar, is openly flouting the Supreme Court guidelines by calling children for interviews, reports Swaha Sahoo.

delhi Updated: Dec 01, 2008 00:33 IST
Swaha Sahoo

Parents have alleged that Amity International School, Pushp Vihar, is openly flouting the Supreme Court guidelines by calling children for interviews.

“The school specifically asked me to come along with my son for the interaction,” said Sanjay Kalra, parent, who has to visit the school on December 6.

Parents who have already been through the interaction process revealed that children were being interviewed too.

“For parents, the grilling is done both at Saket and Pushp Vihar branches. However well you answer a question, they have counter questions ready,” said Manisha Chadha, parent. “But the shocking part is that the school’s Pushp Vihar branch is interviewing children too.”

Another parent, who did not want to be named, said that Amity, Pushp Vihar, also asked parents to fill up a lengthy questionnaire on parenting tips. “They asked questions like what expectations I had from the school and my aspirations for my child,” the parent said.

Principal of Amity, Pushp Vihar, Amita Mohan refused to comment but Bharti Sharma, principal of Amity, Saket, said they were conducting only informal interactions with parents.

“I cannot comment about the Pushp Vihar branch. But at Saket, we are just asking parents about their expectations from the school so that they are in sync with the school’s philosophy,” said Sharma.

At the Sri Ram School, Vasant Vihar, which has allotted 20 points for parent interaction, the emphasis would be on an informal discussion, said principal Manika Sharma.

“We call parents in groups and just let them discuss a topic informally. They just have to be themselves,” said Sharma.

Parents, wary of the interaction process, are preparing for all possibilities.

“The Directorate of Education seems to be doing nothing so far as keeping a check on schools is concerned. So, we should be prepared with the right answers. The trick is to appear confident and let the school feel that you really want to admit your child there,” said Kalra.

Chandrabhushan Kumar, Director of Education, said that a complaint had to be lodged before the directorate could take any action.

“Parents can contact the

district education director and action will be taken,” Kumar

assured.