Maharashtra school admission 2020 Video calls, Virtual Tours New Admissions Norm. Covid-19 and lockdown have changed ways schools are conducting admissions for the new academic year. Video consultations, virtual school tours and online orientation sessions have become the new norm. While some schools welcomed new entrants to online learning sessions with fanfare, others have almost no new admissions this year and stare at uncertainty.
Many schools here complete admissions by February but continue the process for higher classes until the new academic year begins. With lockdown in place from March 16, the process had hit a roadblock. Schools were but quick to respond. “A parent normally visits the school twice or thrice before taking the final decision. Many parents were in the final decision-making phase when lockdown was announced. To make the process easier for parents we moved to virtual counselling sessions. We offered parents a 360 degree tour of the school and shared snippets of virtual classes,” said K V S Seshasai, CEO, Kangaroo Kids Education.
The delay in hearing from the school has kept parents on the edge. “We were supposed to fill up forms at different schools for the upcoming academic year but there was little or no information available on the websites. We couldn’t visit schools to check either. We will now have to continue at the current preschool and try again next year,” said the parent of a toddler who currently attends an independent preschool.
Catholic schools here have connected with prospective students on the web. “Most pre-primary admissions happened online before lockdown but for higher classes, we used video calls. We had face-to-face interaction (virtually) with parents to give them a chance to clear doubts before they decide to join,” said Fr Francis Swamy, joint secretary of Archdiocese Board of Education and manager of St Xavier’s High School, Fort.
Others are yet to complete the process. “We collected applications before lockdown but did not inform parents if they got a seat as we did not want them to rush to school with queries,” said Jude Fernandes, principal, St Mary’s High School (SSC), Mazgaon. At the Bombay Scottish School in Mahim, while admissions were on hold until now, parents will be intimated through an email if they had secured a seat.