Government and aided schools in Chennai is having High Applicant demands for the academic year. Government and Government-aided schools in Chennai experience heavy rush on the first day of the admissions for the students from class 1 to 10. Experts have suggested that the rush experienced is due to those who lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic and are keen on admitting their children to state-run institutions due to the low fee remitted.According to reports, schools have issued tokens to parents specifying the date and time to avoid crowding and follow the social distancing rules issued by the government. Schools have stated that based on the inquiries the schools expect more admissions compared to previous years. Schools in the city have also received inquiries from other school students for class 11 admissions.
According to reports, students keen on sports admissions have also approached the schools in the cities. Schools having sports facilities have been approached by parents for the admissions to pre-KG, LKG, and class 1. Schools including prominent ones with sports facilities like Presidency Girls Higher Secondary School are offering co-education until class 5 while the schools are exclusively for girls from class 6 onwards. Some of the schools in the city have received a lukewarm response from parents since many of the families have migrated to their native places due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools have been receiving queries over the phone with regard to admissions and the number of admissions will be more only if the public transport system is resumed in the state and normalcy is restored.
Schools including Thiru Vi Ka Higher Secondary School have decided to admit the students in class 10 as many parents have approached the schools stating that they cannot afford the fee in the private schools. The principal of the school added that for the past six years the school has not admitted any students in class 10 as outside students generally do not do well in the board exams, but on humanitarian grounds, the schools have decided to admit students in class 10 this academic year. The principal further added that many of the students were being admitted without necessary documents and parents have been asked to give an undertaking that they will submit the documents when the situation returns to normal.
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