WITH SCHOOLS in the city having uploaded their lists of eligible candidates for entry-level admissions, it is time for the draw of lots this week across many private schools.
The major cause for concern for these parents is the high number of applications received by the private schools which exceeds the number of seats offered.
The four convent schools of the city, i.e. Sacred Heart Convent School, Carmel Convent School, St. Anne’s Convent School and St. John’s High School, will hold the draw of lots for entry-level classes on January 15. The list of eligible candidates was displayed by the four convent schools on December 29.
The four convent schools have about 700 available seats altogether. Amongst the four missionary schools, St. Anne’s has received the maximum number of applications — 1,982 applications — for its 200 seats. St. John’s High School has, however, received 870 applications for its 160 seats at the entry level.
Carmel Convent Schools has received about 700 forms for the 120 seats it is offering. At Sacred Heart School, about 800 application forms have been received.
Strawberry Fields High School has received 528 applications for the 160 seats that are available. The school has scheduled its draw of lots for January 16 on the school premises. At Vivek High School, Sector 38, over 600 forms have been received for the 90 seats. The school will be displaying the list of the selected candidates on January 13.
Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 33, has received as many as 2,058 forms for its 100 seats, making it the most sought- after school in this admission season. Even at Delhi Public School, Sector 40-C, there was a rush of applicants, with the school having received as many as 1,015 forms this year for the 150 seats.
St Kabir School, which has scheduled its draw of lots for January 15, has received about 1,200 applications for the 90 seats it is offering at the entry-level.
Government schools in the city, however, have been filling their available seats on the basis of first-come, first-served. The process of declaration of the selected candidates has already been initiated at these schools and is likely to go on till March. “Even though the process of declaring the list of selected candidates has been initiated, it will come to a close around March as many parents turn to government schools after the private schools finish their admission process,” said a teacher from Government Model School, Sector 26.
Vinod Sharma, principal of Government Model High School, Sector 34, where the admission process is almost over, said, “We generally give preference to the students who reside in the vicinity of the school. After that, if there are seats still available, admission is given to students coming from far-off areas.”