| Parents protest in front of Don Bosco School on Friday. Picture by UB Photos |
Dec. 14: Several parents today threatened to drag the management of Don Bosco School, Panbazar, to the court on charges of adopting unfair practices in selection of children for admission in kindergarten and Class I.
Sources told The Telegraph that of nearly 2,000 children, who appeared in the admission tests for KG and Class I, the school declared only 200 eligible (100 each for KG and Class I) for admissions for this academic session
As soon as the school management published the selection on Friday afternoon, parents started assembling on the school premises to see the list and many of them were left disheartened and frustrated.
“My child had done well in the interview and I was quite confident about his admission in the school. But I was shocked to see the list this afternoon,” Dibakar Hazarika, an aggrieved father, said.
Hazarika said he along with many other parents have strong reasons to believe that the selection process was “not fair”.
“We are planning to move Gauhati High Court tomorrow with a plea to put a stay on the admission scheduled to be started on Monday on the basis of lists of selected candidates published today,” Hazarika said.
Pabitra Deka, a resident of Chennikuthi whose twin son and daughter could not get admission into Class I, demanded that the school authorities must make their selection process public.
“The school must point out drawbacks of my children for which they were not selected. On other hand, if the school had to select only 100 students what was the logic of distributing more than 2,000 admission forms at cost of Rs 300 for a single form? Judging a child’s talent simply through a single interview is not possible anywhere in the world except at Panbazar Don Bosco,” Deka said.
Parents like Nazim Ahmed, Sarfaraz Ali, Juri Saraswati, Khanindra Lahkar and Deepanjali Goswami asked the Don Bosco management as to why it did not hold a written test like the other schools for admission.
“If the written test was held, we could have drawn some consolation even if my child was not selected. I would have accepted that my child was not selected on the basis of bad handwriting or paintings. My son, who applied for KG, gave correct answers in the interview. I want the school to explain why my son was not selected,” a mother said.
Rector and principal Fr Antony Thekkel of Don Bosco could not be contacted despite several attempts.