With Friday being the last day for submission of admission forms as per the UT’s common schedule, anxious parents were seen making a beeline at the schools. Most of the private and missionary schools in the city this year received more forms than the previous year.
The number of forms submitted in all the schools is much more than the actual number of applicants as parents apply in a number of schools for the admission of their ward due to limited number of seats. The seats for the general category are still lesser as there is reservations under the different categories.
Bhavan Vidyala, Chandigarh, however, has come out as the most sought-after school this year as 2,058 entry-level forms were submitted this year for 100 seats. School principal Vineeta Arora said, “This number includes the number of forms received for EWS category admissions as well.”
Strawberry Fields World School received a total of 523 forms this year as compared to 494 last year. St Kabir Public School received over 1,200 forms.
Chitkara International School received a total of 922 forms against the 535 entry level seats (408 general and 127 EWS category).
The missionary schools also received a larger number of forms. St John’s High School received 870 forms this year as compared to about 700 forms last year. For the 200 seats, Sacred Heart School received 800 forms as compared to 750 last year, while Carmel Convent received around 700 forms.
St Anne’s received the largest number of forms among the missionary schools – 1,982 for a total of 225 seats.
Vivek High School, Sector 38, received a total of 600 entry level forms, with another 100 for other primary classes. School chairperson HS Mamik said the number was more than the previous academic session when the number was around 550. Anxiety and worry was writ large on the faces of parents as they queued up to submit the forms.
As for the government schools, admission process will continue till March as the seats fill up gradually and people apply only when they can’t get admission in private and missionary schools.
The compiled list of forms received at government schools will be submitted to the DEO’s office by Monday, an official of the education department said.
Meanwhile, Harbir Anand of GMSSS-10 said he had already received 36 forms for a total of 45 seats. Sukhneer Sekhon, principal of GMSSS-19, said the school had received 20 forms so far.