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The UT Education department and Independent Schools Association (ISA) are at loggerheads over the decision of the department to make admission forms for entry-level classes available free of cost and fixing the rate of the prospectus at Rs 100.
Not opposing the admission schedule but the rules made by the Education department,the ISA said that the department should either centralise the process or should leave such issues for schools to decide.
President of ISA,H S Mamik said,We are not opposing the admission schedule…but the rules made by the DPI(s) this year are not satisfactory. The DPI(s) has no concern with these issues,especially of making the admission forms available free of cost and then fixing the price of the prospectus at Rs 100 only.
The Education department should either centralise the whole admission process and take responsibility or should leave such matters to us to decide. We have already made it optional for parents to buy the prospectus,then why reduce and fix the rates of prospectus as per their wish?
Mamik also added that his school had released the admission dates much before the meeting,and therefore,the admission process would start around November 18.
DPI(S) Kamlesh Kumar,however,the said the admission schedule and the rules for admissions have been made to take the pressure off the parents. The idea of making the forms available free of cost will not only benefit the parents but also the schools. This process usually costs much more otherwise, he said.
When asked about the provision of admissions to the economically weaker section (EWS) students,Mamik said that Vivek High School has declared itself as a minority,which is why the 25 per cent reservation for EWS students would not be applicable from the coming session there.
The four missionary schools of the city St Johns High School,Sacred Heart School,Sector 26,Carmel Convent School,Sector 9,and St Annes Convent School,Sector 32 are yet to announce their admission dates as well as details about the number of seats and fee structure.