eNarada, Bengaluru, February 15, 2017
Hundreds of people were seen queuing up near the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) road on Wednesday. Well, they were not waiting to buy tickets for Aero India 2017 but for obtaining LKG application form at the Air Force School, Hebbal.
The prestigious Air Force school located near Mehkri Circle began distributing applications for the academic year 2017-18 and parents didn’t want to take chances. So, they queued up before the school gates as early as 6 AM and as the time progressed, the queue only grew longer.
In fact, it is not just the Air Force school, but many schools in Bengaluru witness the mad rush during admission season. In fact, there are a few schools in the city where parents are seen queuing from the previous night itself.
“It is like now or never chance for us. If we miss buying an application now, then, we my son will never get a chance to join to this school. So, I had to take leave from my office today,” said a parent who was part of the queue. It was really a pitiable condition looking at these parents who were standing in the scorching sun but they don’t mind doing so. Another parent said that they preferred Air Force school not just for the quality of teaching but also for the lesser fee compared to the private schools. On the other hand, school authorities claim that they request the parents not to stand in queues but the parents are adamant. However, parents wonder as to why the schools don’t go for online admissions as it will not just save time but also money.
Like any other city, school admissions are a big issue in Bengaluru as well.
The primary education department draws a list of calendar of events where in each school has to adhere to a particular date for issuing admissions. However, many schools flout this rule blatantly and lack of action against such schools makes the matters worse for the parents.