Students of other States find it tough to get admission to Plus One

Students of other States find it tough to get admission to Plus One

Shyam Ranganathan Schools forced to deny admission to even those scoring more than 90 per cent Students from other schools, irrespective of their marks, not guaranteed admission

Bright students from other States are finding it difficult to get admission to the course of their choice in Plus One in Tamil Nadu.

Subala Ananthanarayanan, principal of a city school, says she may have to deny admission even to those scoring more than 90 per cent.

“Following a High Court decision, the government issued an order last year that students from the same school should be accommodated first.

This has meant bright students applying from other schools, irrespective of their marks, are not guaranteed admission, much less in the course of their choice,” she says.

Government Order

The government order, dated June 9, 2007, stipulates that students who complete Std. X from a school shall be admitted to the same school for Plus One.

“No school should prescribe any cut-off marks for admission to class XI or for allotment of subjects.”

This order has caused problems for schools as most students prefer groups with Computer Science or Biology.

Since the number of seats is limited, a merit-based system is inevitable, principals say.

Chitra Prasad, principal of a school in the suburbs, says she has to take a marks-based approach to ensure students make the right choices.

“As educators, we know what the strengths of different students are. We do not deny admission to students from our own schools, but provide counselling so that they take the groups that suit their strengths,” she says.

But, Ms. Subala says, some students do not listen to teachers’ counsel. They are under pressure from parents and from others to take up the more “glamorous” courses.

This creates a sliding-window system of group allocation under which the highest rankers are given the groups most in demand and lower rankers are given the “less attractive Commerce group.”

Students applying from other schools are then left at the bottom of the heap, awaiting their turn. If students from the same school do not listen to their counselling, there is every chance of deserving students being turned away despite their good marks, Ms. Subala says.

In fact, Ramaa Subramaniam, another city school principal, says she has had to turn away students scoring less than 99 per cent in the Std. X State Board examinations because they could not be given the groups they want.

Similar trends are seen in many of the other more sought after schools.

The government order causes government and aided schools more problems, Jessi Esther, headmistress of an aided girls’ higher secondary school, says.

Responding to some of the complaints raised, Director of School Education P. Perumalsamy told The Hindu: “There are problems for students from other States, but there are many students trying to move from one city school to another for various reasons.

Students and their parents should realise that a school with a great reputation does not imply a better education.”

Dr. Perumalsamy indicated that he would raise the matter at a review meeting scheduled for Saturday, and come up with a rational solution.