The lengthy process of Class 11 admissions in UT government schools continues to receive flak from schools.
With students seeking admission way beyond the last round of admission becoming a common affair, cumulative results of schools are affected adversely.
Students suffer as they are expected to cover up the study material that is taught in schools during this time. According to principals, the schedule does not provide students who would get enrolled in the third round of counselling enough time to prepare for their semester exam or end up missing the exams held in September.
Commenting on the issue, principal of GMSSS-16 Anujit Kaur said, “The UT policy for Class 11 admissions is ambiguous as students continue to seek admission till the first week of October even when the last date according to a circular issued by the education department was in August. This puts a lot of pressure not only on students but also on schools.”
She added, “Also, putting all the information on internet instead of making things simpler has made it more complicated for students who cannot access these forms on the web.”
Agreeing with Kaur, Neha, a student of a government school in Khuda Lahora, said, “It isn’t easy for us to access all the information on the website. I can’t understand all the guidelines on the web so a soft copy of the prospectus and form should be made available at all government schools. Why must we be forced to collect the prospectus from few schools that are situated only in Chandigarh?”
On the other hand, Sukhneer Sekhon, principal of GMSSS-19, said, “I think even the parents are to blame who till the last minute keep changing schools. Therefore, the education department should improve the policy and allow only one change of school per candidate, if at all.”
She added that many students weren’t able to fill the admission forms correctly and hence the policy should also allow each government school to help students to fill the forms in Class 10 itself rather than limiting the procedure to five or six schools.
“It isn’t easy to check each form when the queue of students is so long at the five centres and even schools are under the pressure to meet the deadline. So, all schools must be allowed to take responsibility to conduct admissions in their respective premises,” added Sekhon.
Arvind Rana, president of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Welfare Association (SSATWA), Chandigarh, also suggested that there was requirement for uploading a new software on the website so as to allow students to have more options among schools they wish to take admission in.
Harbir Anand, president of Chandigarh Schools Principals Association, added that government school principals had planned to take up the issue with DPI (schools) to review the UT policy in this aspect so that admissions could be held in one stretch to avoid this confusion. “It should be a student-centric policy,” added Anand.
Counselling dates in 2015 (as per UT education department website)
First round: June 10 to June 20
Commencement of classes: July 3
Second round: July 16 to July 18
Third round: August 13 and August 14 (which was later revised to August 22, and finally moved to August 31)
However, admissions continued to be conducted till the month of September with a few students being admitted to Class 11 even in the first week of October.