BANGALORE: The mid-term vacation is just over, and schools have reopened. However, some schools are already busy with the admission process for the next academic year.
According to the Department of Public Instruction’s rules, the admission process must be started only after it releases the calendar of events for admissions.
It normally allows admissions only from April.
However, following complaints from parents about early admissions at city schools, Express did a reality check and was surprised to know that some of the prime schools, affiliated to CBSE, ICSE and also state board, are giving applications for pre-nursery and Class 1.
A few schools have decided to issue applications from January but have started reservation or blocking of seats.
Many of the elite schools have their own set of guidelines on preferences and reservations.
A majority of the schools which Express contacted are giving preference to siblings.
KLE School (CBSE), Nagarbhavi, which is scheduled to start the process, gives preference to siblings and so does Kadambi school, Basaveshwaranagar, which too has started the admission process.
Some schools refused to reveal the amount charged for the application and the the annual fee. However, the application fee ranges between `300 and `900.
The National Public School (all branches) has started the process and the application fee costs `300. Orchids International School (all branches) is selling applications for `900.
‘Let Govt Take A Call’
“We have requested the government to start the admission process early following the practical difficulties. This should be before April which would be too late. But, for the schools which have already started the process, we have no say on it. Let the government a take call,” D Shashikumar, organising secretary, Karnataka Private Schools Joint Action Committee.