As the year is about to come to an end, admissions to the elementary classes is again in the limelight. In a bid to ensure hassle-free school admissions of the little ones, the UT education department on Friday held a meeting with as many as 60 representatives of private school principals at a local government school.
District education officer Vinay Sood said the department’s aim was to take into consideration the views of school authorities to streamline the process and to safeguard the interest of the parents at large. While the admission schedule is yet to be declared, DPI (schools) Rubinderjit Singh Brar said, “We have not finalised anything as yet. Whatever was discussed on Friday will be taken up with the education secretary after which, we will come out with the schedule next week.”
Objections raised by some schools
President of Independent Association of Schools (ISA), Chandigarh, HS Mamik, said, “While the department wishes to make things convenient for the parents, it should also keep our convenience in mind and respect that we are accepting what they say.” Slamming the department, he said the department was not authorised to lay directives for them and could only make suggestions as far as the admissions were concerned.
HT gathered that while the department officials wanted that there should be a gap between the date of draw and date for depositing the fee, but a few school principals were against it. One of the principals requesting anonymity said, “Why must we not be allowed to take fee and enroll students from the next day itself. Those who wish to make up their mind can always come back later. The department cannot impose such rules on us.” Sources said Delhi Public School, Vivek High School and St Kabir were among those objected to the same.
Missionary schools also concerned
Missionary schools in the city, including Carmel Convent, St John’s High School, St Anne’s and Sacred Heart, raised the issue of preponing the schedule in December so as to make sure it didn’t clash with the Christmas festivities. Confirming the same, St John’s principal Kavita C Das said, “That’s the most important festival and time of the year for us and we have requested the authorities to keep the same in mind.” The forms were accepted till December 24 last year.
Meanwhile, the education department stated that the date of deposit of fee must be the same for all tricity private schools. Atul Khanna, director, Strawberry Fields World School, Sector 26, said, “Since we did not face any problem last year, we are quite happy with the department’s schedule and if it’s on the same lines this year as well, we shall cooperate.”
Parminder Kaur, principal, Guru Harkrishen Public School, who was also present during the meeting, said, “The department should also let some of the schools to conclude the admissions in January itself rather than delaying them up to March.”
No clarity on fee structure, hike
The department officials stated that they had no say in determining the fee structure or figuring out the fee hike.