Admission to school: government to introduce central lottery system for all classes
Online submission of applications will begin on November 25 and end on December 8
The admission process for the 2022 academic year will be conducted through a central lottery system in all public and private schools nationwide under the supervision of the Division of Secondary and Higher Education of the Ministry of Education.
Filing of admission applications online will begin on November 25 and end on December 8, as decided yesterday following a series of discussions on the matter.
The public schools lottery will take place on December 15, while the private schools lottery will take place on December 19.
In public schools, the students selected, from the first to the ninth grade, will be admitted from December 18 to 23 while the students on the waiting list will be chosen between December 26 and 30.
On the other hand, students from private schools will be admitted from December 21 to 27, while students on the waiting list will be registered from December 28 to 30.
Md Belal Hossain, Director (Secondary) at the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE), told Dhaka Tribune that authorities will issue a detailed resolution after another meeting on Sunday.
According to the sources, a student could apply to five schools in total and submit their application through Teletalk.
The authorities will later inform the students if they have been selected into the lottery system through Teletalk and the website of the schools they have selected for admission.
Application fees reduced to Tk22
DSHE officials said that given the Covid-19 pandemic, they have reduced the application fee per school to Tk22, which was previously Tk170 and Tk200 in public and private schools respectively.
Last year, students from grades one to eight were also admitted by lottery.
Previously, lottery admission was restricted to Class I students, while ninth year admission was based on the results of the Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) exams.
Why a unified lottery system?
Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, DSHE Managing Director Syed Md Golam Faruk said parents have to participate in a race every year to admit their children to schools across the country, especially in Dhaka.
“This practice must be stopped soon because every school has the same right to obtain deserving students.”
Schools themselves ran the lottery separately, which created controversies for allegations of corruption and nepotism, he said. “We successfully launched the online lottery admission system on a trial basis last year. This process is more transparent than the previous ones. “
Golam Faruk said the government has developed a new system in which students will submit their applications. There will be two different sections on the website, one for public schools and another for private schools.
Teachers not happy
Many teachers from several schools in Dhaka expressed their dissatisfaction with the new system by speaking to Dhaka Tribune.
“We have not yet received official instructions. However, we have heard that this year we have to accept government supervised admission at the cost of Tk 22 from each student. I do not think that amount is sufficient for a school, “said Shahan Ara Begum, principal of Ideal School and College.
Since many parents cannot apply online themselves, they must visit a local stationery store. “We saw that last year, parents had to pay 500 to 1000 Tk to these traders to complete the application. So what will be the benefit of Tk22 for a school? She asked herself.
She also said they could be admitted manually as exams and in-person classes are ongoing.
According to her, all private schools were charging 150 Tk instead of 200 Tk and public schools were charging 110 Tk instead of 170 Tk due to the covid-19 situation.
Dulal Chandra Chowdhury, Principal of Eskaton Garden Secondary School, said, “The government is trying to follow the developed countries system, but we have to ask ourselves whether we are capable or not.
Traditionally, all public and private schools have admitted their students in several ways – some opt for the lottery system for first-class aspirants while others run written and viva tests for students in grades two through eight. Students wishing to be admitted to class nine are taken on the basis of JSC / JDC results.
However, the past year has been exceptional as students in grades 1 through 9 were admitted on a lottery basis due to the pandemic situation.
Bangladesh school and college students returned to class on September 12 after an extended pandemic-induced shutdown.
The government closed educational institutions on March 17, 2020, after the country reported its first cases of Covid-19 on March 8, then extending the shutdown on several occasions.