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?Elite? entrants in KV benches

Call it what you will it ? success of the Kendriya Vidalayas or interference of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, but the fundamental priorities of the Kendriya Vidalayas appear to be changing, and fast.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 02:44 IST

Call it what you will it — success of the Kendriya Vidalayas or interference of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, but the fundamental priorities of the Kendriya Vidalayas appear to be changing, and fast.

The number of Central government servants’ children on the schools’ rolls are falling whereas that of the children recommended for admission by the ministry is on the rise. From 1.37 per cent in 2001-02, the share of students admitted on the ministry’s recommendations leapt to 23.97 in 2004-05. Their gain has meant a loss of seats for government employees’ wards whose share in admissions fell from 56 per cent in 2001-02 to 43 per cent in 2004-05.

And the changing winds in Kendriya Vidyalayas have not been liked much by the Public Accounts Committee. In its report tabled in the Parliament on Friday, the committee, headed by BJP spokesperson Vijay Kumar Malhotra, said, “The trend indicates that extraneous consideration seems to have weighed with the concerned authorities while admitting students to Kendriya Vidyalayas. The committee would like to be apprised about the precise reasons for not adhering to the priority schedule.”

On the list of priorities, as laid down for enrolling students, the top-most is admission for children of transferable central government employee. Next are children of non-transferable central government employees. The report states there has been a reduction in admissions of both categories while the HRD ministry-recommended admissions have exceeded the 100-seat quota.

Officials, however, explain that many good students are preferring Kendriya Vidalayas over well-known public schools. “Kendriya Vidalayas are consistently doing better than public schools like DPS for the last few years. This is drawing students in huge numbers from the non-government sector.”

According to the PAC report, in 2005 the success of KV students in Class XII board exams was about 93 per cent as against 81 per cent of the DPS.

First Published: Feb 27, 2006 02:44 IST