Joined hands, closed eyes, crossed fingers, tears of joy, smiling faces and tensed moods were witnessed when top four city schools conducted draw of lots for nursery admissions on Friday.
Anxiety was writ large on the faces of parents who waited for results of the draw of lots at the four city schools - Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, St Kabir Public School, St John’s School and Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26. As many as 3,987 forms were received for 530 seats in these four schools.
Harinder Kaur, grandmother of Harnoor and Japnoor, who got admissions at Sacred Heart and Carmel Convent, said, “I have two granddaughters and for them we had applied in two schools- Sacred Heart and Carmel Convent. Although we had wished that both the sisters get an admission in the same school but one has got in Sacred Heart, other one has got in Carmel Convent.”
“It is a big day, at least for me and my wife. I felt that I was never that nervous for my own examination but this day, when I wanted my daughter to get an admission in any of the city’s best schools,” said Ravish Bansal, father Era Bansal, who got admission at Sacred Heart.
Unlike last few years, when the draw of lots at all four missionary schools in the city - St John’s High School, Sacred Heart Convent School, Carmel Convent School and St Anne’s Convent School - was held on a single day, St Anne’s, Sector 32, had already held its draw of lots on Thursday. There were 80 seats in the general category and 40 in the sibling category. The remaining 80 were reserved under Christian and alumni quota. The school has a total of 200 seats.
Saupin’s School, however, did not have draw of lots and the results were declared as per its admission policy, on Thursday. School’s chairman APS Sidhu confirmed that the result of a total of 86 seats was declared, including five in the teachers/ employees’ wards, another 26 under siblings’ quota and another 55 included those from the general/close proximity to school category quota.
Considering the draw of lots at local private schools on Friday, no untoward incident or violence was reported. Director school education (DSE) Rubinderjit Singh Brar told HT that he received no complaint and everything was held peacefully. He was even in touch with the department official, who represented the UT education department during the draw of lots at the schools, including St Kabir, which had requested for the same.
PARENT ALLEGES HARASSMENT BY SCHOOL TEACHERS
Slight chaos prevailed outside St John’s High School as a parent Bhavneet Kaur Brar alleged that she was harassed by one of the school teachers on the pretext of waiting with her child at the entrance. “I didn’t wish to violate any school rules, but I didn’t know that we were not allowed to take our child inside. While I had asked my husband to pick up our child so that I could attend the draw of lots, I was harassed by the teacher on duty,” she said. I had just asked them for a few minutes until my husband reaches to pick up our child. I feel teachers should know how to talk and not take advantage of such situations,” added the Nayagaon resident.
St John’s High School principal Kavita C Das said, “All I can say is that the information about children not being allowed was already up on the website and notice board and sometimes, not all people are easy to handle in such situations.”
The road starting from Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, leading to St Kabir School witnessed traffic chaos for several hours. Rush was witnessed when parents started gathering outside the school gate around 2pm and when they were dispersing after the results at 5pm. The Chandigarh police had deployed cops outside and within the school premises to ensure law and order. Majority of the parents were seen struggling to get parking space. Cars were parked on the roadside, causing inconvenience to the passersby.