The Punjab authorities on Wednesday ordered the reopening of ten Authorities Senior Secondary Residential Schools for Meritorious College students for class 12 college students from February 9, ten months since they shut down in mild of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In June final 12 months, the hostels of these residential schools had been become quarantine centres for suspected and confirmed asymptomatic sufferers.
Nonetheless, it’s for the primary time since these particular schools had been began in Punjab in 2014-15, that there have been no admissions in class XII (for 2020-21 session), at the same time as greater than 23,000 on-line purposes had been acquired for 4,600 seats in class XI in ten schools. Authorities say they might not conduct a written entrance take a look at for 23,000 candidates on account of Covid and therefore admissions for class XI didn’t materialize for the present session.
Whereas 9 schools — in Ludhiana, Amritsar, Sangrur, Bathinda, Jalandhar, Patiala, Mohali, Gurdaspur, Ferozepur — have 500 seats every for class XI in commerce and science streams, the tenth faculty at Talwara (Hoshiarpur) has 100 seats in humanities stream.
IPS Malhotra, assistant undertaking director for meritorious schools, stated that admissions in class XI couldn’t be achieved on account of “unprecedented scenario that had arisen on account of Covid”. “We acquired greater than 23,000 purposes on-line from college students who had been fascinated by taking admission in class XI however scenario went out of our management on account of Covid. It was not potential to conduct on-line entrance examination for 23,000 candidates because the Punjab Faculty Schooling Board (PSEB) had no infrastructure and logistics to make it occur. Additionally, the web entrance examination wouldn’t have been the appropriate solution to conduct admissions in meritorious schools as candidates might need resorted to dishonest/copying sitting at residence. So we had no possibility however to cancel class XI admissions for present session. Admissions additionally couldn’t be held for 50 class IX seats at Talwara faculty,” stated Malhotra, including, “We would give admission in class XII in subsequent session, to these candidates who had utilized for class XI however nothing is last but…”
“Since these are residential schools, we had to make sure these is correct social distancing and different norms are adopted in hostels. Now now we have determined to reopen schools and hostels for class XII college students,” he stated.
Began through the SAD-BJP tenure in 2014-15, the federal government senior secondary residential schools in Punjab (class XI and XII), had been conceptualised with an intention to supply additional teaching and preparation services to meritorious college students who cross out class X from authorities schools (underneath PSEB) in order that they’ll compete with personal faculty college students (from CBSE and many others) in aggressive exams reminiscent of JEE, NEET, CAT amongst others. Former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, whereas terming the undertaking as his ‘dream’, had stated that “the federal government had taken on the duty to arrange these authorities faculty college students, principally from financially weaker backgrounds for competitors at worldwide degree and admissions in skilled faculties’”.
These schools are run by the ‘Society for Promotion of High quality Schooling for Poor and Meritorious Kids’ and the chief minister is the ex-officio chairman of the governing physique of the society.
Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, SAD spokesperson and former training minister, requested, “Admissions for all schools and universities throughout the nation had been held on-line on account of Covid in present session. How large was the duty to conduct on-line entrance take a look at for 23,000 candidates? These schools have acquired step motherly remedy from Capt authorities for the reason that very starting of Congress’ govt tenure just because it was the dream undertaking of Parkash Singh Badal to assist meritorious college students from poor and rural households excel in aggressive exams and stand at par with stusdents from personal schools.”
The senior secondary schools in Punjab present free training, boarding, lodging, meals, and further teaching for aggressive exams to needy college students. Initially, class X college students from authorities schools scoring greater than 80 per cent marks had been eligible to use for admissions in these schools who additional seem for a Widespread Entrance Take a look at (CET) in three topics — English, maths and science. However with a gradual lower within the quantity of college students making use of and people clearing CET, seats began going vacant and eligibility proportion was lowered. The eligibility standards to use for class XI this 12 months was ‘Grade B+’ (71 to 80% marks) for common class and ‘Grade B’ (61 to 70%) for reserved class in class X, for PSEB college students. Equally, it was B1 for common class and B2 for reserved class, for CBSE college students. However 90 per cent seats are reserved for Punjab authorities schools and Dashmesh, Adarsh and Mannequin faculty college students who principally come from financially weaker backgrounds. Ten per cent are for authorities aided and personal faculty college students.
SOPs issued; college students must carry ‘COVID-19 certificates’
The orders to open the residential schools for class XII (all ten schools) and class X (Talwara solely) say that consent of the mother and father must be taken earlier than college students be a part of faculty and hostel. “The scholars who want to be a part of the college shall carry the Covid-19 certificates (RT-PRC certificates). This shall additionally apply to the mess contractor and employees deployed by him..,” say the orders.
Retired colonel Amarjit Singh, principal, Ludhiana faculty, stated, “College students who want to be a part of faculty and hostel shall get themselves examined and should carry report alongside, they’ll be a part of provided that examined damaging…”
The orders additional say that “college students who want to be a part of faculty shall carry sanitizer and 7 useable masks (washable)…The individual bringing greens and eatables for the mess shall even be subjected to thermal screening and will have Covid-19 damaging certificates…”
For hostels, the orders say, “College students needs to be quarantined for 24 hours after becoming a member of the schools…” Orders additional say that hostel rooms should be allotted in a approach that one scholar is allotted one room in a serialized sequence…Will probably be ensured that there are usually not greater than three college students in a single room…”
“Seeing that there isn’t any class XI this 12 months, now we have sufficient rooms to make sure social distancing and to allot one room per scholar. Additionally, now 25 college students will sit in every classroom not 50 and sections have been doubled to make sure social distancing,” stated the Ludhiana faculty principal.