After failing to get “up to the mark” students at six meritorious schools in the state, the Punjab government has decided to hold a written test in addition to the existing percentage-based system for admission to these schools.
Those scoring 80 per cent or above marks in their Class 10 examination will have to appear in the test. Nearly 5,000 students are enrolled at meritorious schools in Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Bathinda, Amritsar and SAS Nagar.
The society of promotion of quality education for poor and meritorious students in Punjab has circulated a letter in this regard to the district education officers and principals of meritorious schools. (HT has a copy of the letter)
The letter states that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal held a meeting with all the principals of the meritorious school on February 13. A decision to hold the entrance test was taken from the next session in the meeting.
However, a formal announcement is yet to be made by the authorities concerned in this regard. Officials said the idea was considered seriously and will be implemented from the next session since the students at these schools were not up to the mark.
“A district level exam will be held for the students,” an official said. Education officials said students in Punjab score high marks by cheating and other means.
KK Aery, principal, Meritorious School, Jalandhar, said, “Conducting entrance test will be a good initiative.”
The government is also planning to provide financial assistance to students from these schools for pursuing higher studies and has finalised a budget for the purpose.