On discovering that the St Kabir School of Sector 26, Chandigarh, had reserved 52 out of 70 seats in the pre-nursery class, hundreds of angry parents who had unsuccessfully sought admission for their children, gathered on the school campus to protest what they called the school’s unabashed profiteering.
High drama was witnessed after the draw for admission to the pre-nursery class of St Kabir School on Saturday morning. A large number of angry parents gathered on the school campus premises and accused the school of unfair practices. According to parents, out of 70 seats the school authorities reserved 52, leaving only 18 seats for the general public. Moreover, parents complained that they were never told that only 18 seats were available.
Parents said when we talked to school principal she said it all was mentioned on the admission form and the DPI also aware about their admission criteria. The school website gives the full procedure for pre-nursery admission but makes no mention of reservation of seats. Parents also threatened to go in court.
To control the irate parents, the school summoned the police. Agitating parents said the school had sold thousands of admission forms only for 18 seats. Each application for admission had to be submitted on the official registration form which was sold for Rs 100 and this amount was non-refundable. According to the parents the school sold 1400 forms, which netted the school Rs 1.40 lakh. Parents demand that the Administration should exercise some control over the admission process of private schools.
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