When Enrica Vaz pressed the submit button on her online junior college application form on Friday, nothing happened.
The online admission website refused to accept the submission. At the guidance centre in Bandra, officials told Vaz, 15, that the procedure was stalled as her name had been misspelt in her online SSC mark sheet.
“Because of this error, I could not fill the college options,” said Vaz. “I went to the guidance centre in Bandra to inquire about this, but they told me to approach the board office for the change.”
Three years after the online admission process to city junior colleges was plagued by multiple glitches, the application process appears to have been smoothed out this year. However, students continue to complain about niggling issues. The website has been functional since May and opened for form submissions on Wednesday after Secondary School Certificate (SSC) results were announced. “My form wasn’t being processed for a few hours on Wednesday,” said a student of St Xavier’s High School in Dhobi Talao.
By Friday evening, 18,428 online forms had been submitted to the education department.
National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) results were declared on June 7 and students have not received their mark sheets yet. “I tried submitting my form, but the process was incomplete,” said Faiza Khan, a student who appeared for the NIOS exam.
NIOS officials said that the mark sheets would reach students in a week. “As soon as we receive them, we’ll send them by speed post,” said Sanjay Sinha, director of the NIOS regional centre, Pune. “Original mark sheets are not required for admissions.”
Education department officials continue to be besieged by queries on minimum options to fill, certificates students need and other technical issues.