In the absence of directions from the district education officer (secondary), Paramjit Kaur Chahal, to the heads of government schools to help their students upload their details online for admissions in meritorious school in Class 11, most of the students of government school in the city, Jagraon, Samrala, Khanna, reached the helpdesk centre set up at RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, on Monday to clarify their doubts.
For the first time the admissions for meritorious school are being conducted online. The students are facing inconvenience, for which helpdesk centre has been set up at RS Model Senior Secondary School.
When contacted, Chahal said, "We issued written directions to the school heads on Monday afternoon, stating that it is the responsibility of the school authorities to get their students registered online and if the latter faces any problem, then the school authorities can send their students to the helpdesk."
On being asked as in why the directions were not issued on Saturday, Chahal said that the directions were being issued to the principals through phone calls.
A student of a government school on condition of anonymity, said, "Our school principal has informed all the Class 10 students, who have scored above 80%, that they can register themselves online for admission in meritorious school. And if we face any problem, the principal has directed us to visit the helpdesk, which is around 50 km from my place."
More than 20 students reached the helpdesk centre, set up by education department. Out of the 20, three reached without required details.
No lessons leant from last year
The authorities have learnt no lesson from last year's admissions, as the venue for counseling was changed twice. First, it was decided that counseling will be conducted at Government Middle School, Phase 7, SAS Nagar, later it was changed to Government Model Senior Secondary School, 3-B-1, SAS Nagar, and finally it was decided that six residential schools will hold counselling sessions on their campuses.
Parents reach meritorious school with wards
Parents reached the senior secondary residential school for meritorious, Ludhiana, with their wards to see the campus and hostel, on Monday. The school principal, Anoop Kumar Passi, deputed two teachers on duty to address the students and parents.