As the second round of counseling for class XI admissions began on Wednesday, city government schools were flooded with applications, while the schools in periphery areas did not attract many students.
Of the 12,925 seats available in government schools, around 5,000 seats are still vacant, mostly in the humanities stream. In Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, as many as 49 seats are vacant in science, 15 in commerce and 19 in humanities.
In GMSSS-35, as many as 59 , 19 and 23 seats are vacant in science, commerce and humanities respectively whereas in Government School, Manimajra (Model Town), only 17 and eight seats are vacant in science and commerce respectively.
The UT Education department’s officials say that in the first two counselling rounds, the students try getting admission within the city and do not apply in the periphery areas.
It is only when they are not left with an alternative that they take admission in the periphery areas.Meanwhile, the schools in periphery like the Government Senior Secondary School (GSSS) in Behlana, Kaimbvala, Manimajra, Khudda Ali Sheher, Raipur Khurd, Sarangpur, Maloya, Mauli Jagran and Karsan among others have the most number of seats vacant. Humanities is the only subject available in these schools, other than the vocational courses.
In Government High School, Dhanas, as many as 101 seats are vacant, while 194 are vacant in Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 38(W), 126 in Government High School, Khudda Lahora, 99 in Government High School, Karsan, and 76 in Government High School, Behlana.
School heads in the periphery areas say that students have to face conveyance problems, due to which their first preference is always in the schools located nearby.
However, DPI(s) Kamlesh Kumar said, “The seats are expected to be filled by the time second counselling gets over. Since the applicants were more than the number of seats, we will have to adjust them accordingly.”