KARACHI: Henna plans to join the admissions line-up outside Karachi Grammar School’s kindergarten section on Tuesday to gauge if she can get hold of an appointment slip — just for practice.
Her two-year-old son is eligible for admission next year, but she will stand in line from 7 am to 8 am to see if they issue the slips after that hour lapses and whether those parents are accommodated. She does not want to make any mistakes next year.
This is how much KGS admissions matter to some parents.
On March 1, Grammarian parents or those with a sibling in the school will be given a date for appointment while the ‘non-Grammarians’ will receive their appointment dates on March 2.
While the school has strict rules about disclosing its admission policy and the number of seats available, parents flock in thousands every year to the gates during this time.
The admission process is no stranger to controversy. When some ‘fake’ parents turned up, the school changed its policy and now asks those coming on the day marked for Grammarians to come with some proof of their link to the school.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 1st, 2011.