The delay by the state government in issuing the final online admission policy for junior colleges has irked students, parents and college authorities alike.
Parents and colleges pointed out that the process should have been finalised a long time ago.
“The training for schools should have been done earlier, by December-end. Now, after the exams, students will be on holiday,” said KA Viswanathan, trustee of SIES College.
The draft policy policy has to be approved by state Education Minister Balasaheb Thorat, who recently lost his father.
The minister is currently in mourning and could not be reached for comment.
To ensure a smooth online process, the government has proposed training four to five teachers in each school who will, in turn, guide the students. But school authorities pointed out that it would be difficult to conduct training sessions for students once the board exams are over.
“Teachers will get busy preparing for the next term. We have not slotted any time for training students,” said a school principal.
Students too are peeved at the possibility of disruptions in their post-exam holidays. “I have already made plans to go on a holiday. I cannot cancel my plans if my school asks me to come in for a training session,” said an SSC student, requesting anonymity.
“Students should have the option of submitting paper forms too. Once the relevant data is in, anyone can feed it online,” said Jayant Jain, president of the Forum for Fairness in Education. Some other changes have also been proposed this year.
Students can choose a minimum of five and a maximum of 25 colleges when listing their admission preferences on the form. Last year, they could give up to 150 choices. Students can opt for two streams in one college too.