St Joseph's ahead in admissions race

The crowd in front of the 164-year-old St Joseph's Convent High School in Patna on Saturday could easily have been mistaken for one outside a movie hall for the release of a Friday blockbuster.

By Faryal Rumi
  • Published 8.01.17
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A parent fills out the admission form at St Joseph's Convent High School.
Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey

The crowd in front of the 164-year-old St Joseph's Convent High School in Patna on Saturday could easily have been mistaken for one outside a movie hall for the release of a Friday blockbuster.

Ahead of the new academic session, Patna parents made their preference for St Joseph's Convent High School clear as over 6,000 applicants turned up at the school to collect forms and submit filled-up ones at the counter.

The school had earlier declared that application forms would be available from 9am to 11am on January 7 and filled up forms should be submitted with required documents by 1pm the same day. There are only 320 seats available for kindergarten.

The rush to enter the school premises at 8am resulted in a tussle and a few injuries. Later, the school guard controlled the situation.

Ranjan Tripathi, a Bakerganj resident and applicant's parent, was injured in the melee and complained that the school had not prepared for the exercise. "There were only four counters providing forms. There should have been more counters," he said.

The school's decision to complete the process in a day was based on their experience last year when hundreds of parents camped outside the premises for at least five days.

Sister Sarita, the headmistress of Mary Ward Kindergarten at St Joseph's Convent High School, said: "The results will be declared on February 25 after random selection. Preference will be given to students from minority communities.

Like St Joseph's Convent High School, Mt Carmel High School, too, faced a similar rush of parents for the 150 available seats on Saturday.

School principal Sister Serena said: "Students will be selected by a lucky draw."

Notre Dame Academy will open counters from 8am to 11am on January 14 and 15. A notice at the school said that of 200 seats, 25 were available for boys.