Schools want the opportunity to screen students
The high Court may have come to the rescue of toddlers by telling schools to evolve a mechanism for admitting kids without subjecting them or their parents to interviews, but it may be a while before that direction is followed in letter and spirit.india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 17:16 IST
The high Court may have come to the rescue of toddlers by telling schools to evolve a mechanism for admitting kids without subjecting them or their parents to interviews, but it may be a while before that direction is followed in letter and spirit.
While most leading schools admit that interviewing three-year-olds is not done, they are not ready to let go of “the opportunity to screen students”. They say “private schools should be allowed to select students even if it means interactive sessions with the parents”.
“If you have 100 seats and 3,500 applicants, what can you do? Besides, you have to meet the parents to see if they are in sync with the schools’ philosophy,” said Sanskriti School principal Gauri Ishwaran. Ishwaran says that at her school only one interactive session is held where the child and her parents have to be present.
Usha Ram, principal Laxman Public School and chairperson National Progressive Schools’ Conference (NPSC), agrees with her.
“We have all cautioned member schools to be very careful. There’s no question of interviewing the child, but at least we get to meet the family after all the kids spend 13-odd years with us,” said Ram.
As per the high court’s order, the NPSC has formed a committee to chalk out alternatives to conducting an interview. Some suggest admitting kids through draw of lots, but the solution is not acceptable to most schools. “That would be like returning to the dark ages when things were left to chance.
Admissions can also be conducted on a first come first serves basis, but when parents come in for an interactive session, they also get to assess the school’s environment.” said DPS RK Puram principal Shayama Chona.