Sunday, March 22, 2015

Kindergarten admission is not a child's play.

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There is no right way to select students from a pool of application forms into a school which has limited seats. Every school has their own little algorithm they follow to ensure that quality students get selected. This algorithm can be biased, illogical or downright ridiculous but one cannot do anything about it. You don’t like it? Okay Bye.

My friends who are settled in different continents across the world gave me really interesting insights about admission processes they know about. Sadly for us in Muscat, the algorithm to selection of students to Indian Schools is a bigger secret than the secret ingredient in KFC chicken. All we could make out from this yearly unpromising ritual is that kids who have a sibling already enrolled in the school stand a better chance, which effectively means that we have gone back to the dreadful times from the Bible wherein first-borns are screwed big time. 
If my son came to know about this  he’d probably ask me ‘Amma why did I have to be born first? Why? Why?  WHY???!!’ and I will probably say ‘Excellent question’.

Some schools resort to customized skill tests and friendly interviews and rate children based on their performance in the same. This process starts a lot of stress and pressure on parents, because the chances are that the kid will refuse to disclose anything including his name at the interview. We all know kids do not give a damn about social norms. They also display extreme intolerance to interviews. They know all rules in the book to freak us out. Oh well we are all freaks anyway.

In some countries the authorities ask the parents to produce their payslip and tax returns with applications. Schools that are so concerned about the earnings of parents should also run a background check on them just to ensure that they are not smugglers or members of any underworld mafia gangs. After going through brochures of different schools and their fee structures, I am convinced that this is how normal hard working, straight forward individuals become business minded, tax evading people who usually end up above the law. I have also heard of schools that give preference to double incomes, so that hidden charges (without receipts) that crop up from nowhere can be met without too much fuss. Other schools do not consider kids whose mothers go to work, because some of the age inappropriate projects and assignments are meant for parents. Like we haven’t suffered enough already.

I am making my son continue in the same school where he went to nursery; however this school has classes up to KG-II only. The Indian Schools admission results (first draw) did not come in favor of him, so we are waiting for second draw results. This is not fun, I tell you.

The person who cares the least is none other than the primary applicant, my beloved son. He wants to go to a school which has a swing in the playground it seems. If only it could be that simple!

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  1. Hahaaa :D I'm hearing a lot of stories on this issue. Apparently getting a seat in a good school for KG is as difficult as securing a seat for medicine!

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    1. In case of medicine or engineering, soon after the entrance exam the pupil gets an approximate idea about where he stands. Wheras for KG, there is no such hope. Hence proved KG admission is more difficult than medicine :D

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  2. Haha! What can I say? - parents have to go through this every few years. College admission, job interview, marriage... it is never ending. Just that later you can blame the kid for not making it. Isn't it great that the little one is still innocent to understand responsibility? I know ..nightmarish for the parent!

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    1. Yup ! But I am not gonna pressurize him once he gets admission...I had the most fun in school , was notorious and rebellious in a cute way. Teachers remember me over my studious counterparts ! I'd want my son to have fun too, cos this time is not coming back !

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  3. Securing admission to a sought after Delhi school is tougher than getting a Visa to the US.

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  4. Oh.. how i know the pain you are going through dear. I just enrolled my lil girl into a junior KG. Could not get into the much demanded school which is like just a stone throw away from our place. So ended up admitting her into one of those international schools which have classrooms resembling candy cakes and fee slips looking like grocery bills (only the former is usually followed by a nervous breakdown). That said, there is this unending debate about which board any kid should be in.. CBSE, ICSE, IB, Oh God. The parents' paranoia is so annoying!
    Looking forward to her growing up. Not looking forward to the brouhaha which it shall entail! :( I hear you!!

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    1. Oh ! It is really sad when the kid does not get admission to the nearest school :-( I studied ICSE-ISC and think noone should be punished to such extent, so I am enrolling my son to CBSE. ;-)

      About the paranoia - true that...and to think, this is just a beginning !

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  5. Haha.. If only! Interesting read. :P

    A Rat's Nibble

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