Parents fume as St Stephen’s holds draw of lots ‘in secret’
Miffed over not allowed to witness the draw of lots, alleged to be in violation of the norms, parents filed a police complaint against St Stephen’s Preparatory School, Chandigarh.
According to the complaint, pre-nursery draw of lots on Thursday were held internally, which is illegal, and hence requested the police officials, Sector 46, to investigate the matter.
Sub-inspector Gurdev Singh who received the complaint said, “We have recorded the parents’ as well as the principal’s version which are in variance to each other. We cannot do much into it as it’s a civil suit case. The education department needs to look into this.”
Satish Kumar (name changed), one of the parents, who had undersigned the complaint said he had arrived at the school premises before 1 pm and still wasn’t allowed to enter.
“I was told at the gate that the draw of lots had already been held”, he alleged.
The principal, Jennifer De Rozario, on the other hand said the complaint was absolutely baseless and that the gates were opened at 12:45 pm and each parent who had entered, signed at the entrance.
“We also have a recording to prove the same. Also, we began the draw of lots at 1:05 pm and finished at 1:20 pm so the complaint doesn’t stand true”, said Rozario.
The complainants said they would submit a written representation to the director school education in this regard on Friday.
“We will request for re-opening of the draw of lots and that it should be held in a transparent manner,” said a parent.
Meanwhile, St Stephen’s selected five kids in play class section by draw of lots for the public on Wednesday.
In pre-nursery section, a total of 30 seats for the public (general category) were allocated on Thursday.
The school principal said the final list and the category-wise list of sibling, alumni and staff quota was still being prepared.