Merit thrown out of single window

The option of school transfer in plus one has led to students with lower marks moving to top schools while those with higher marks are still awaiting admission to the same schools. The single window system has been blamed for the fiasco.

A probe by DC has found that a couple of students who sought admission at Sacred Heart Higher Secondary School, Thevara, here, with top marks have been left out when the school transfer option was exercised by students with lesser marks.

Accordingly, Anu. T. Paulose who has 89% marks and Nikhita Shaji who has 88% still waited for seats whereas Amjit (79%), Joel Jose (76%), Nayan P. (76%) and Rahul Krishna (68%) secured admission to the science & computer science group by moving in from other schools where they secured admission during initial allotment of seats, records showed.

The miscarriage of justice worked like this: Students who already got admission to less preferred schools had also given options to top schools. When the government recently raised 20 per cent seats these students grabbed the opportunity to move to these top schools.

Parents blamed the higher secondary department’s decision to consider school transfer option first instead of merit of waiting students for the fiasco. DC has learnt that many others who sought admissions at St Mary’s Higher Secondary School and St Teresa’s Higher Secondary School in the city too have similar fate.

The department conceded that around 100 students must have suffered similarly across the state but it blamed the students. “These students [those with merit] did not take admission in one of the less preferred schools in the first two allotments.

With a prior admission, they could have now moved to their preferred school by exercising the transfer option. By not doing so they remained out of the single window system at the close of four rounds of allotment (two main allotments and two supplementary),” an official said.

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