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July 19, 2013

Admission to Primary: Little Tricks to Major Accomplices

In a few weeks will begin registration for admission to Standard I. A year long overdue. Many parents are already prepared. Because to have a place in a "good school", some are ready for anything. To use tricks to circumvent the rules through a parallel well-functioning system.

The authorities have beautiful proclaim the opposite, but in fact, the primary school level is not equal. Some stand out as star schools. They provide children with not only a better framework, but carry with them a high enough pressure to complete primary school with good results. They therefore offer the best chance of having a "good college."

It is to these schools turn the eyes of the parents of children at the time of registration. For each admission, however, well-established criteria are applied. Parents must bring proof of address to their name. For those who rent their home, a letter from the owner is required. Priority is given to students who live near the school. Then comes in the proof of address. If the parents' names appear on it, the student has the priority over the document which contains the names of grandparents or a close relative of the owner (when parents are tenants). Students who do not find a place headed to another local school.

Oiled system

For many parents, it is essential to secure a place in one of these elite schools. It was then that start skidding. Because to admit their children to the school of their choice, some parents are willing to do anything. The case did not start yesterday and tricks used are based on an oiled system that engages and lapped before the date of admission.

Since this is primarily to prove that the child is in the region, the cardinal rule is to get a document that can attest. Some parents do not live in the area are willing to rent a house in the neighborhood or rent an electricity meter for extravagant sums. This is done with the help of some people from the neighborhood, who found an opportunity to do business. "In Port-Louis, I saw a courtyard where there were 4 or 5 meters of CEB for a tiny house. It is rather suspect. I think there is an agreement between the governing areas and people working at CEB. We complained to the police but nothing was done, "said a resident of the area.

Envelope

In some places, this has pushed the price of land and houses. For buyers, it's part of the investment they are willing to do to get their child a place in a facility considered a Review: 5 star school.

Alexander, a father, was surprised to see that the children of his neighbors had obtained the school they wanted, unlike his, then they do not live in the catchment area of that institution. Neighbors told him they followed normal procedures, but adding an envelope for the schoolmaster. According to another teacher in exchange for the admission of their child, parents agree to "make some services" to school, especially if they are engaged in business.

Another persuasive factor is the proximity that links some of the political class. With the number of billposters who boast that "dan gouvernma new blade", nothing very surprising at this level.

Contacted, a faculty member said that this practice can not exist. How then to explain the presence of children living in other regions in the star schools? Abnormalities that can be seen in this famous school Plaines Wilhems, which serves students "that even come from another district," said a teacher. Given these high demand in urban schools, we can see a parade of school bus with children from rural areas, says a driver and parent who has borne the brunt of this.

Anger.

The Ministry of Education, through his press mentions some cases of forgery addresses occurred in 2011 and claims to have sought help from the police. Parents denounced those who had circumvented the system. The ministry maintains that it will be stricter for admissions in 2014, hence the delay in admission procedures to carry out a redistricting areas.

But skeptics do not believe this will solve the problem. For them, it is difficult to end a situation which seems well-oiled mechanism. According to a former teacher, everyone is free to register your child in the school of his choice. It is the result of the management of the institution to see if the child is eligible or not. "If management decides to take children outside the catchment area, it is often because the school still has places available after admitting the children living in the region."

If parents are able to circumvent the law, this is often done at the expense of local children, who see their applications rejected. Hence the great wrath of angry parents, who had no admission for their children while they live close to the school. These are mostly those who are not explained the difficulties they encountered in admission procedures. Some even argue that the economic status of the parents is also part of the criteria for a child admitted to a school. They argue that management knows that she can benefit from it later.

 

Text by Le Mauricien
 

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