Paying heed to the hardships faced by parents, Father Agnel's Multipurpose School, (English Medium), Vashi, is reportedly the first state board school to be going online for nursery level admissions from this month. With the state board schools all set to begin the admission process for the nursery level, parents seeking admission for their young ones are in for a harrowing time, as the next two months would entail making repeated rounds of several schools, queuing up in the wee hours of morning to procure and submit application forms.
The school management has worked out the entire system to avoid the rush and inconvenience.
"For admission in nursery, parents used to queue up much in advance. So, the management has decided to streamline the registration process and online submission of applications seems to be the most viable option. Hard copies of application forms will not be distributed this year," said headmistressSnigdha Roy.
On October 15, instructions about online registration will be uploaded on the school's website, www.agnelhamara.net. Frequently asked questions (FAQs) and details about the submission process will also be provided. "Parents will be able to fill in the application forms online from October 19 to 21. After the online submission of forms, parent will be given a time slot and a date on which they will have to come with their child for an interactive session and for payment of the admission forms," added Roy.
The forms of only those parents who would be attending the interaction will be included in the lottery for admission. Nazim Kadar, a parent, is of the opinion that the online procedure would be very helpful. "Online admission is indeed a good move. Last year, we had to post two persons outside two schools to save on time for my cousin's admission. Other schools, too, should consider such a system."
Meanwhile, the concept of having online admission process has appealed to other schools as well. Managements affiliated to the board have stated their interest to go online from the next academic year. "Inputs are being invited and accepted to make the entire school admission process online. Currently, forms have to be picked by the parents personally. Most probably, the admission process might be made online from the next academic year," said an official from St Mary's High School, Vashi.