The meritorious school which was started to set the benchmark for government schools in the state, has increasingly become a pain for students due to lack of proper planning on the part of the authorities who appear unable to make up their mind on a matter as simple as the counselling schedule. During the past three days, the venue has been changed no less than thrice and the date twice.
Earlier the venue for counselling was changed from Government Middle School, Phase 7 to Government Model Senior Secondary School, 3-B1, SAS Nagar. However, it has been decided now that residential schools will hold counselling sessions on their campuses. The counselling will be held on July 22 to 25 from 9 am to 4pm.
Even though the academic session has already started in all other government schools, those selected through the merit list at the meritorious schools in the state are still uncertain about the counselling date and venue.
Poor management on the part of authorities concerned has not only created anxiety among students but also school heads, who have got just a day to inform students about the sudden change.
Paramjit Kaur Chahal, district education officer (secondary), said, “We’ve again received orders about the change of venue from officials of the Society for Promotion of Quality Education and have asked our staff to notify the details to students selected through the merit list.”
Asked why the counselling date and venue were being changed, she replied, “The decision to conduct counselling sessions on school campuses has been taken for the convenience of students and parents. DEOs in other districts have also been told to inform students about the change in the schedule.” The DEO also formed a five-member committee for counselling. The members include; Charanjit Singh, deputy DEO (secondary), Anoop Kumar Passi, principal of GMSSS, Cemetery Road, Anita Gulati, principal GSSS Kundanpuri, Jagdev Singh, RMSA district coordinator, and Vishal, MIS coordinator.
A school principal, condition of anonymity, said, “The abrupt changes in the counselling date and venue have caused a lot of confusion and inconvenience to students. Many of them may even miss the counselling session due to not being informed in time.”
Till filing of this report neither the information was updated on the SSA website nor the school heads were conveyed the information about the change in date and venue.
When contacted, state education minister Daljit Singh Cheema said, “Though I empathise with students on abrupt changes in the date and venue for counselling, all these efforts are being made for their convenience.” He added that all officers in different districts have been infor med about the change.
For those who have applied for admission in Ludhiana, the venue for counselling will be Senior Secondary Residential School for Meritorious Students, near Rose Garden. All students will have to reach the venue before 9am in the morning and the counselling will go on till 4pm.
For commerce stream, the counselling will be held on July 22, while for students seeking admission in medical stream will have to come for counselling on July 23.
The counselling for non-medical stream will be held on July 24 and 25.