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Dad’s jobs costing kids school admission

Saturday, 5 January 2013 - 10:23am IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: dna

Many city schools want parents of students to have good salaries.

As the admission season for nursery has begun, many schools do not want to admit children of parents who are advocates, junior-level police personnel, businessmen or journalists.
Some schools prefer students living in elite areas while others want the parents to be well qualified.

None of the schools are giving any reason for rejecting an application.

But parents, who have repeatedly failed to get their children admitted to certain schools, say there is a reason for the rejection.

A school in Malleswaram gives preference to those residing in Sadashivnagar and RMV extension.

“If someone from Yeshwantpur or other areas apply, they are not given preference. Whatever be the level of income of the parents, applicants from these areas are given preference,” a parent said.

This forces some parents to tamper with their address proof, an official said.

In many elite schools in the city, parents of students should have good salary and be well qualified.

The schools situated in Basavanagudi, Kanakapura Road and JP Nagar categorise parents this way.

In one of the top schools in Bangalore, children from business families are not given preference. They prefer only students whose mothers are homemakers so that they can take care of them at home.

“ For three years in a row, we tried to get my nephew admission. After the application was repeatedly rejected, we understood that parents with business background are not preferred,” said a parent adding that a ‘working professional’ father was preferred.

According to D Shashi Kumar, organising secretary of the Karnataka State Private School Management Federation, this practice is followed in private schools to easily filter the right students from a large number of applicants.

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