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Parents throng private school to enrol children in kindergarten

S. Ramesh
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Long wait:Parents thronged a private school in Erode on Wednesday, to receive application forms for admitting their children to kindergarten. -PHOTO: M.GOVARTHAN
Long wait:Parents thronged a private school in Erode on Wednesday, to receive application forms for admitting their children to kindergarten. -PHOTO: M.GOVARTHAN

Though the government has banned the admission of students in schools prior to the month of May, a private school here has distributed applications forms for admissions to LKG for 2013-14 academic year to a large number of parents, a majority of whom were found waiting in serpentine queues since 1 a.m.

“When I arrived at the school at 3 a.m., I found more than 70 persons standing in the queue to receive the application form. Some of them are waiting since 1 a.m.,” A. Ramakrishnan, a parent said.

By the time the school authorities begun distributing the applications, more than 600 parents were found waiting anxiously to enrol their children in LKG.

“The applications were issued after registering the name of the child. We have to produce the birth and community certificates to receive the application form,” Mr. Ramakrishnan said.

Parents said the school authorities issued about 200 application forms on Wednesday and a sum of Rs. 100 was collected as registration fee.

A notice signed by the principal of the school said that an interview would be held on February 11 and 12 (to select the students for admission to LKG).

Sources in the education department said many schools in the district were admitting students in advance violating the norms, despite the ban.

It had become very common as parents were making beeline in front of schools that produce better results.

Education officials, however, said that all the schools in the district had already been advised not to conduct any admissions prior to the month of May.

Advance bookings for LKG and other classes should not be conducted and such practices were banned by the government.

The schools were also asked not to conduct any sort of screening process to admit students to kindergarten classes.

When contacted, Chief Education Officer K. Sri Devi said “We will instruct the school management not to admit or register students in advance for admissions to LKG or any other classes.”

“The schools are not supposed to register or do advance booking for admissions. They should not conduct any sort of screening process as well. Action will be initiated against the schools that violate the norms,” she added.

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