Rumour makes parents queue up outside school all night
Fed with false rumours, panic-stricken parents started queuing up outside St Joseph School in Bandra (West) from Wednesday evening for Junior KG forms for their children. They were of the impression that only 100 forms were left to be distributed by the school, after which they would no longer be doled out.
A rumour had been making the rounds that only 100 forms were left with the school, and would no longer be given out after the lot was exhausted. The school later clarified that admission did not take place on the basis of the number of forms, but on merit, and as per the procedure.
A long queue started forming outside the Hill Road school in Bandra (West) from Wednesday evening. The school was scheduled to distribute forms for Junior KG last morning from 9 am. Mehboob Sheikh, one of the parents standing in queue, said, “I stood in line at 8 pm on Wednesday. I slept on the road all night along with many other parents who were in queue. My family members provided food every one had the same story.”
He added, “Another school in Bandra closed its admission and this is the only option left for residents of Bandra. So people were desperate to get admission and they did not want to miss this one too.” The counter opened at 9 am last morning, after which around 200 forms were distributed. Every parent who had waited patiently got a form, making it clear that the scare over shortage of forms was nothing but a rumour. Sheikh said, “I got a form in 15 minutes; it was a false rumour for which we had to suffer.”
Fr George Athaide, secretary of the Archdiocesan Board of Education, said, “Admission takes place according to proper procedure and merit. It has nothing to do with the number of forms. For example, for 100 seats, we may give at least 500 forms on merit, and the student will be selected as per procedure. It was a rumour that created this panic. In fact, we had pasted stickers on our boards.”