Entry-level classes: Parents' troubles last through the day

Sacred HeartAt Sacred Heart School in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. (Kamleshwar Singh)

Long queues and chaos were witnessed as parents thronged different schools on Tuesday ó the last date for submission of forms for admission to entry-level classes. With each school having a different time for accepting the forms, parents who had applied at more than one place spent the entire day making rounds of schools.

At the end of it all, some schools received forms five times the number of seats available.

Being the last day for submission of the entry-level admission forms, not only the parents but the school staff were also busy accepting, rejecting and compiling the forms.

Most private schools witnessed a heavy rush from morning to evening. The submission process ended by 4 pm in all the schools.

The major crowd was seen at the four missionary schools: Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, Sacred Heart Sector 26, St John's and St Anne's. Though these schools had already extended their last date from December 10 to December 19, confusion prevailed as many parents gathered at the school gate one hour in advance to submit their forms.

The parents had to face a lot of problems with regard to the timings followed by different schools and details of the documents needed to be attached along with the form. "I specially came from Panchkula to submit the admission form of my daughter in three schools, Strawberry Fields, Sacred Heart and Carmel Convent. Strawberry accepts forms from 9 to 12 while Carmel and Sacred Heart accept from 3-4 pm. I would have to come back again to submit forms at Carmel and Sacred Heart," said Anjana Grewal, one of the hassled parents.

"The schools should have had at least two-three counters to manage the crowd. The person sitting at the counter takes 15 minutes with each parent, which means if there are 20-30 people, the admission process would take five hours. It is sheer harassment. The education department should make the entire process online, so that we can submit the forms sitting at home," said Raj Jog Marwaha, another parent.

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