Date Added: May 13, 2010 07:38:35 PM
Author: Archana Menon
Category: Computers & Internet

Recently, I read in a magazine that couples start thinking of school admissions even before the child was born. Even though this sounds a bit funny, this is not an exaggerated statement. Present condition is such that parents start worrying about school admissions once their child turns the age of 2. Getting into the best school in the city has become a status symbol now. They are ready to go to any extent to get a seat no matter what the donation or quarterly fees is. The growing number of new schools in many cities has only increased the demand for the best school, not reduced it. There are a couple of things parents need to consider before getting their child admitted into a school. Most important thing is to realize how much you can afford for your child’s education. Make Sure you do not compromise on the basic necessities of life for their studies. It is important to calculate your monthly expenses before you decide on this. Include one-time charges like uniform, school bag, yearly fees/donation along with quarterly fees, cost of books, and other miscellaneous charges that may come up. This will give you an idea on what your expenditure looks like on a monthly basis. Once you decide on the budget, you may start enquiring about different schools and options. Do not just go by an advertisement on TV or newspaper. Ask your relatives and friends about their children’s schools. Ask about the teaching methods. You may not want your little one to be stressed out at the age of 3. An easy and comfortable syllabus is what they need. Choosing a nearby school is the best option. Traveling a lot may make your child tired. Also, there will not be any time to play or have fun. Once you shortlist 3 or 4 schools, apply for admission. Some schools conduct interviews for parents and children. You may want to prepare well in advance for this. Make sure the preparation does not stress your child out. Train your child to answer those questions at ease, like they do at home. Interviews are not just for the management to realize how you are. It is also for you to understand how they are going to treat your child from now on. Do not compromise on the teaching structure and methods if you think your child will not be comfortable. If you have a transferable job, select schools that give special leverage to transferable employees. Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan etc. give such exceptions. Understand that you cannot estimate your child’s ability fully when he is 3. Some students may not be able to handle ICSE syllabus, some may not be comfortable with CBSE as well. Some others would be bright enough to handle anything. This cannot be understood at a very small age. Therefore, you may not worry too much about getting a K.G admission. You always have the option of changing schools at a later stage. For more information on selecting the best school in the city, please refer the Career & Education section of Infolona (
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