Students of residential schools for meritorious students will not get a chance to change their stream from this year onwards.
District education officer (DEO secondary) Harinder Pal Singh said since the number of merit-holder students who had scored 80% marks and above in the Class 10 examination of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) are more this time, the education department has decided not to change the streams of the students time and again.
“The project director has informed us to ask the students to take the decision keeping in mind of their interest. Since the girl students have also got another option of all girls’ school in Talwara in the humanities stream this year,” he added. Also, the students will not be allowed to change their schools.
“The students have been asked to select nearby meritorious school of their choice. Once admissions are done, the school will not be changed. Since it was a pilot project last year, the students were allowed to change their schools as per their choice and even the streams were changed. But since the merit list is bigger this time the students will have to make the final choice,” he added.
Due to this, the counselling date for meritorious students which was scheduled to be held in all the districts on June 22 has been postponed to June 24 and would continue till the time of admissions.
“Students have been given extra time to think over while choosing school and stream so that they may not get confused afterwards. Now, the students are requested to decide properly taking guidance from their parents and fill choices of schools and stream once and for all,” he said.
As many as 329 students have applied for admission in Class 11 at the residential school in Jalandhar so far. As many as 365 students from the district have scored 80% and above marks in Class 10 board examination.
Harinder Pal said the counsel ling would be conducted district wise by the district education officers. Surjit Lal, district guidance counselor, said the students were informed about the postponement of the counselling through SMS. The district education officers are preparing the merit list on the basis of percentage.