Viqarunnisa holding ‘intake test’ for class I enrolment

Mohiuddin Alamgir

The Viqarunnisa Noon School and College authorities are holding ‘admission test’ for enrolling students in class I in the name of interview flouting a government order that has made it mandatory to hold class I intake test in all schools through lottery, guardians have alleged.
The Viqarunnisa Noon School and College started interviewing class I admission seekers on Saturday. Many guardians after the interview alleged that the school authorities had held ‘full-fledged written admission test’ asking the students to write their names, parents’ names, meaning of several words, count numbers, construct sentence etc.
The school authorities also testing some mathematics skills of students like addition and subtraction.
The school authorities also will leave out a good number of students before lottery seeking admission to class I in the schools’s main branch at Bailey Road and Dhanmondi, Bashundhara and Azimpur, said a teachers of the school.
About 13,000 children had collected admission forms for 1,500 seats in class I at the school branches.
Mohammad Jahangir, a guardian, said it was frustrating that the school was holding ‘written admission test in the name of interview’. ‘We naturally hoped that there would be no tests rather lottery to enrol students in class I,’ he said.
Rezaul Karim, another guardian, said the school authorities were even asking students questions outside the syllabus of class I.
The government in 2011 made lottery mandatory for enrolling students in class I in all government and non-government schools and instructed that the lottery must be conducted in presence of the admission committee members to ensure transparency.
The age of the students seeking to enroll in class I should be between 5 and 7 years, and they have to submit an attested copy of their birth registration certificate with the admission form.
According to the policy, institutions should follow a merit list and prepare a waiting list.
The school will also take interview today and announce the results on December 6.
The school has a 10 per cent sister quota. The Azimpur branch has a special ‘colony quota’.
There is a 5 per cent quota for freedom fighters’ children and grandchildren and a 2 per cent quota for children with disabilities in all non-government schools.
Moreover, non-government schools in the capital reserve 2 per cent of their seats for the children of education ministry officials. Viqarunnisa Noon School and College acting principal Monju Ara Begum told New Age that they were not holding any kind of ‘admission test’ for enrolling students in class I.
‘We are checking the age of the students, asking them to write their names and their parents’ names and also checking whether they are familiar with letters,’ she said.
‘We cannot enrol students who do not know letters,’ she said. ‘Some students might be left out in the process,’ she said.
She said that they would hold a lottery in a transparent manner.

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