The proposal to eliminate interviews/observations of children and interaction with parents is a step in the right direction. The process of interview subjects the tiny tots to a lot of tension and anxiety. Further, if they are not selected after attending the interview, they experience a sense of rejection which is contrary to all sound educational principles. There is potential in every child and it is the school’s and society’s responsibility to draw out this potential and look to the healthy growth and development of every child including those with special needs and the economically or socially deprived sections bearing in mind the value of inclusively in education. If children are not to be interviewed, what are the alternative methods of selection? This question received considerable attention of the committee. The order of the court has enumerated the following three basic criteria for evolving a common admission procedure: · The entire process leading to the admission of tiny tots should be transparent. · The system of interview should be eliminated. · Discretion of the Management/Principal is minimized.
The school would assess the applicants on a scale of 1 to 100 in the following manner:
(a) Under the neighbourhood head, an applicant staying within a radius of 3 kms will get the maximum of 20 points. Less weightage has been proportionately assigned to those living farther off, upto the distance of 10 km. from the school and no weightage be given for those living beyond that distance.
(b) A sibling will get 20 points.
(c) Under alumni category, if the father or mother is an alumni, 5 points each will be given and if both are alumni, 10 points will be given.
(d) Any child who is physically disabled or any child with special needs will get 5 points.
(e) Under educational qualification, a maximum of 20 points will be awarded depending on the parents’ level of qualification.
In the case of single parent weightage given for educational qualification will be doubled.
b) A girl child will get 5 points.
c) Under school specific parameters which the school will decide, 20 points will be given. The weightage under school specific parameters should, in no case, be used for any sort of interview or interactive session with parents/children.
Thus fully taking into consideration the several weightage points that deserved inclusion, the committee is recommending the following specific matrix for calculation of weightage points:
List of Supporting Documents to be Produced by the Parents at the Time of Admission
1. Date of Birth Certificate of the Child
2. Medical Certificate of the Child (for children with special needs)
3. Pass Out Certificates of Father/Mother (School, Graduation, Postgraduation etc.)
4. Proof of Residence
5. Proof for Sibling (wherever applicable)
6. Proof for Alumni (wherever applicable)
7. Proof for any other criteria that the school may decide for the allocation of 20 points under School Specific Parameters
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