Catholic schools in city want uniform admission schedule

Principals of schools under the Archdiocesan Board of Education (ABE) have suggested a uniform schedule for the 150-odd affiliated schools to follow in the upcoming admission season.

School heads met last week to discuss admissions following the uncertainty on what procedure to follow. There had been some confusion among schools regarding admissions this year as a result of mixed signals from the government on whether to proceed with admissions or await further instructions.

The ABE meeting was held last week to invite suggestions from school principals on how to proceed with admissions for the next academic year. These suggestions will be put forward to the cardinal for his approval.

“Schools have asked for everything to be uniform, including giving forms and conducting admissions,” said Father Gregory Lobo, head of the ABE. “We are waiting for the Cardinal to come next week, after which we will put forward this suggestion.”

He added that some schools may have already started distributing forms. “What we have heard from the ABE is that admissions will start in February,” said the principal of one of the schools. “However, even that is quite early, as classes only begin in June.”

At the meeting, the cardinal will also raise the issue of teacher salaries, as schools have been erratic, with some paying more than what is mandated and some less.


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