Indian schools close admissions, Parents in dilemma


Adding to the worries of parents who are yet to secure seats for their children, most Indian schools in Doha have stopped admissions for the new academic year.

Even though the schools used to accept admissions till end of March, this year the schools are forced to stop the admissions as the demand for seats is huge and there are strict regulations by Supreme Educational Council on number of students per class.

Birla Public School, MES Indian School, DPS Modern Indian School, Shantiniketan Indian School, Bhavan’s Public School, Pearl School and Noble International School have stopped the registration process for admissions for 2015-16 session, The Peninsula has reported.

Last year two new schools, Olive International School and Rajagiri Public School, had started operations and even these are not enough to fulfill the growing need for school seats.

What the schools are saying

Here is what the representatives from schools told to The Peninsula :

“We are not accepting new admission applications for the next academic session. There are no seats available in any of the classes for 2015-16 session. The demand for new admission is so huge that we have stopped counting the number of applications.”  – A K Shrivastava, Principal, Birla Public School 

“We have 48 seats for Kindergarten (KG)-1 while we received about 600 applications for admissions so far. The demand is higher for KG classes compared to higher classes. We are building new blocks that will house new classes for KG-1 and KG-2 because we had anticipated this huge demand for new admissions. The new block will be ready before April.” – A J George, Principal, Olive International School

“The school admissions are closed for Grades KG to 6 and admission is open only for Grade 7 and 8.” – A senior official of Noble International School

The crisis of admission for Asian expatriates began last year when the SEC in its new regulation limited the number of students in a class.

Many of the existing schools have planned expansion to meet the demand for new admissions, but they are not expected to be ready this year. A number of new schools have applied to SEC for license to operate this academic year, but it remains to be seen how many would be ready on time.

In the present scenario, many parents are left with no option, but to either wait till next year or send their families back home.

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News & Quotes Courtesy : Sachin Kumar / The Peninsula

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