Admission apprehension

Admission apprehension

Parents always want nothing but the best for their children, especially when it comes to education. Unfortunately, in spite of all their efforts, many of them fail to secure admission for their children to a school of their choice. It is a known fact that when it comes to quality educations, demand far outweighs supply. Even our Prime Minister acknowledges this imbalance. This portion of speech by Atal Bihari Vajpayee pretty much sums up the state of affairs: "Today, understanding, concern and demand for quality education is growing in all sections of our society. Even poor parents want their child to get admission in a good school. But there just do not seem to be adequate number of good schools. The gap between demand and supply creates a lot of tension in families at the start of every school admission season. I can tell you that even ministers and MPs receive hundreds of requests for securing admission into Kendriya Vidayalayas and other good schools."

If a recent episode is any indication, parents from Thane seem to be very well aware of the demand-supply gap referred by the Prime Minister. Thane’s Sulochana Devi Singhania School (popularly known as the J K School in Thane) enjoys a formidable reputation among parents and is considered one of the best privately managed schools in the twin cities of Mumbai and Thane. Recently, the school administration announced that the distribution of admission forms for Junior KG would start from December 1st at 9 am and would continue up to December 8th. Somehow, many parents heard rumours that there are limited forms to be distributed and therefore the first-come, first-served rule would apply. Not wanting to take any chance, several hyper-anxious parents from Thane began lining up right from the previous day. In fact the first parent in the queue was a gentleman who arrived at the counter at 6 am in the morning of November 30. About 60 parents spent the night in the school premises. Most of them were equipped with provisions such as food, drinks and soaps and toothbrushes. By the next morning, another 60 parents appended the queue. Driven by their apprehensions and the rumours they had heard, most parents had brought along all original documents and photocopies, so that they may submit the duly filled forms at the same time – although there was ample of time for parents to submit the forms.

The Kothari Commission’s report on the development of education in India says, "the destiny of a nation is decided in her classrooms." If that is true, then we certainly need more classrooms!

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