The new world order
Last Friday while having dinner,I had the below conversation with my colleague (let us call him Mr.B):
Me: So tomorrow what’s the plan Mr.B?
Mr .B: I have to attend an interview.
Me: Interview.. For what?
Mr.B: My daughter is going to join the school and for that we have to..
Me: Then does your daughter too have to go through this?
Me: What kind of questions they will ask to her?
Mr.B: English alphabets, some animal names like that..
ME: So what they are going to taught her?
So that is the state of our education in our country. Children must know alphabets and numbers to enter into the school because the school teachers not in a mood to teach it to them. All they are doing is not educating the students but selecting with the brilliant minds and want to show off themselves proudly. A kid who is just 3-years old knows what? All these schools have just making them to run into ugly race to get a seat. The way the schools are behaving nowadays is really absurd and they are just robbing the money from people. An interview for parents is also not all needed. A meeting is enough. If at all the parents doesn’t know anything what a kid can do that. So if a kid needs to taught at the home also what is the need for school. Is 8 hours for 5 days is not enough to teach a kid? After that he/she has to do homework. When will you give sometime for him/her to play?
One of the school’s chairperson views on this parent interview during admission in TOI:
Parental interviews are vital to the whole process of school admissions. Most progressive schools believe children’s education means complete involvement of parents as well.Accordingly, they design activities which enable a strong degree of parental involvement. Interviews therefore, become the first building block for a long-term relationship.
The main objective of an interview is to find out the value system of the parents and see whether they are in sync with the school’s philosophy and vision.
During an interview, the school is able to understand the parent’s views on various issues and observe their behavioural pattern. Hence, parents’ interview is vital for nursery admissions.
Also, it’s unfair to put a four-year-old child through a rigorous admission process that involves tests and interviews.
In the absence of parental interviews, one would end up choosing only the best and brightest children who perform well in admission tests.A school is a heterogeneous entity, there are some bright pupils and some not so bright ones; some are good in sports, while others have an artistic bent of mind.
These hidden talents come to the fore only when the school authorities interact with parents. Critics may argue interviews put too much pressure on parents.
Indeed, parents are tensed but then such interactions happen in a pleasant atmosphere and they are put at ease.
Many schools are now emphasising on extra curricular activities, which means students have to spend more time in school and interact more with their peers.
Therefore, it becomes even more imperative to have the right mix of pupils from different backgrounds. Interviews help us choose the right mix. The fact is, there is a demand and supply imbalance today.
Too many students and very few good schools. In the absence of interviews, parents may resort to donations and try other unlawful methods to gain admission through the back door. Interviews help in curtailing such mal practices.Moreover, nowadays schools have to confront issues like single parents, parents with adopted children and children with special needs. And face-to-face interviews help in addressing all such concerns of both parents and the school. The bottomline: Parents’ interview gives a holistic approach to the admission process.
Principal, Laxman Public School and chairwoman of the National Progressive School Conference, which represents 110 Delhi schools, Usha Ram has a valid refrain. She told the BBC, “If we are not allowed to interact with parents or children, then how do we select? A parent is handing over their child to us for 14 years. Do we not have the right to say hello to them?”
Meera Choudhary, vice-prinicipal, Tiny Tots nursery school, believes that interviewing small children is not necessary, but is wary of endorsing a ban on interviews with parents. “The school should be careful while conversing with parents and should not ask very personal questions like what is their salary, etc. The school’s thrust should remain on the child and it should focus on issues such as the health of the child.”
The new rule says that children living within 3 km from the school will get 20 marks from a total score of 100 marks. There is a common concern, as a lot of parents will try to goof-up the rule by faking their residence addresses. Sangeetha Reddy, teacher with DAV Public School, says, “From next session, we will have to have a proper system in place to verify and scrutinize address proofs given by parents which can be very cumbersome. What if a parent from a remote part of the city comes for admission, saying their kid lives with his/her grandparents staying in our school’s neighbourhood. We should have a proper system and a team ready for troubleshooting such issues. Isn’t it a big waste of money and resources?”
Says Karamjit Kaur Gill, mother of a three-and-a-half year old, “My son knows everything, but is very shy in front of strangers. So every evening I arrange a meeting with my friends, to make him overcome this habit.”Alka Puri, whose daughter is three, says she buys a large variety of vegetables from the market to make her daughter familiar with them. She points out, “My daughter usually confuses between carrot and turnip, and between spinach and methi. This regular drill has helped her learn the names.”Other parents say they are asking their relatives to conduct mock interviews for their child. Says Ajay Kumar, father of a three-year-old, “I have requested my relatives to conduct such mock interviews, so that he clears the interview.”