'There will be an online admission system across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region for class X students applying for the first year of junior college and the system is completely different from last year,' said Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, State Education Minister on Wednesday. The system was launched for the first time in Mumbai last year. However, few months back, the state education department said there would be no online admissions this year, following complaints over technical snags last year.
'New policy and guidelines for online admissions, which will be more transparent and user-friendly compared to last year have been introduced. But the details on the new system cannot be divulged because of the model code of conduct at present,' added Patil. 'I think this will reduce the tension related with the admissions in junior college and make the system more student-friendly,' said Fr Francis Swamy, principal of Holy Family School, Andheri. 'Even though parents are apprehensive but I think this will lessen the tension associated with junior college admissions. I would not rely on the system unless it was in place for a few years and found to be foolproof,' said Meher Marfatia, a parent of a class X student.