Admission Process of Karachi Grammar School

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Karachi Grammar School

Karachi Grammar School is one of the most notable and oldest established schools by the British, in Pakistan.

Parents often want their children to get admission in Karachi Grammar school because of the advantages their children will get due to the old alumni who are in good positions in the corporate sector in Pakistan. The students, later in their careers also develop good social networking.

Many parents are very eager for their children to get admission in the school, yet they are unaware of how the entire admission process works.

Well, the school has certain criteria, and it assesses you and your child to see if you match their criteria.

It depends whether you have an influential background, and by influential it doesn’t always mean lots of money, it could be holding a prominent Government post, or be a famous celebrity, etc.

Now you will ask, what does the school get from this?

Students from influential backgrounds enrolled in the school, add to the brand value of the school.

But of course, every school has to maintain its diversity, so it’s not always necessary that all students who applied from an influential background were granted admission, students from an average background could also be enrolled.

Since I am talking particularly about admissions in Kindergarten, the school will make the decision of granting admission depending around 95% on the parents and 5% on the childs interviews.

Registration in Karachi Grammar School

People often claim that since there is only one day allocated to register your child and the window is open for only one hour, its a looong line and people often line up their drivers and maids from 5 in the morning.

This is a big exaggeration and its not true.

Start checking the school’s website from February and mostly the date for registration is announced in the beginning of March.

And two dates are specified for collecting the appointment slips

One is for Grammarians or people who already have one child in Karachi Grammar school.

And the other date is for all other applicants.

Please bear in mind that you have to take certain documents when going to collect the appointment slip.

And if even one document is missing your child will not be registered.

Documents Required at Karachi Grammar School for Registration

  • Original birth certificate (NOT a recent extract), with photocopy
  • B-Form issued by NADRA, with photocopy
  • Passport-size photograph of the child 1 copy taken in the same year
  • Family photograph of parents and child 1 copy taken in the same year
  • CNIC of both parents (copies)

Next step you will be given the appointment slip mentioned with a date and it says that the child is not needed to accompany the guardians.

Try to reach 15 minutes before the specified time on your appointment date and always carry a pen with you.

After waiting in the hallway you will be escorted to a room where many other parents will be seen filling up forms and that’s exactly what you have to do, the teachers will hand a questionnaire and the parents have to fill it up.

Its usually your basic personal info whats your work and your child’s previous academic record.

Once you submit this form you will be assigned an interview date.

Interview in Karachi Grammar School

Parents appearing for the first time in Karachi Grammar School interview appear to be very nervous and anxious.

Being granted the admission will be like a big WOW and being rejected is something like it never happened. (though the heart will be a bit sour for some time).

Many parents put their children under so much stress, for instance enrolling them in KGS specialized admission preparation centers, or taking them for music lessons etc.

This is something totally not worth the deal. I have seen many children whose parents are ministers or in the government posts, and these kids are pretty average, yet they got the admission.

So for such young children aged 2.5 to 3 this preparation or admission process has got nothing to do with their competence, rather it’s the parent’s position.

Some parents go over the top when it comes to dressing for the interview trust me your Gucci bag and your designer suit will get you nothing unless you are a person of substance.

So wear simple, neat and presentable clothes.

Karachi Grammar School Interview Questions

Questions asked by the Principal to your child in front of you.

  • What’s your name?
  • Which school do you go to?
  • What do you like to play in school?
  • What do you do in class?

After this brief interview, your child is escorted in another room with the teacher.

Questions Addressed to the Parents

  • Where do you work?
  • Whats your position in the job?
  • For how long have you been working with this company?
  • Whats your qualification?asked to both mother and father.
  • How old is your business?
  • Which school did you attend?
  • Can you please explain your business model in detail?
  • What are the future aspirations of your company?
  • Do you read to your child daily?
  • How many hours do you spend with your child?
  • Do you help the mother with the daily chores related to your child?
  • As a parent what is your most important duty towards your child?
  • Which is the most important quality you need to inculcate in your child?

 

They will not assess your three year old for theorems or quantum mechanics,  they just check for speech development and cognitive and fine motor skill developments.

After this interview, all you have to do is wait for the results on the school’s website.

The main purpose of this blog post is to inform people about the admission criteria parameters for admissions, particularly in Kindergarten. Children between the age 2.5 to 3 are very small to be assessed intellectually.

However, the admissions in higher grades such as third grade or seventh grade depend mostly on the student’s academic competence which is examined through assessments.

http://www.kgs.edu.pk/

 

About Author

I am a freelance writer, I enjoy researching and writing about my city. There are so many new ventures opening up in the city, which I believe need to be reviewed honestly for the sake of spreading awareness and information among the citizens. Since there is so much happening in the city, I like to write about the "Good Stuff." Besides writing my other pleasures are healthy cooking and traveling.

22 Comments

  1. Atiya Ahmed on

    Hello, just started following your blog and its very interesting. Yes I do think children studying in KGS have an edge over children studying in various other institutions, not really in terms of intelligence, but rather in terms of having strong alumni at their backs once they enter their practical lives, and start looking for jobs, and since the school is over 150 years old one can count on the alumni occupying major positions in multinational companies and foreign banks. I still don’t see the point of making my kids go through the gruelling preparations and tuitions for the the admission test, and if they don’t get admission the process starts anew. I would rather send them to a school where they try to bring out the best in them, and alhamdulillah I’m satisfied in this regard.

  2. As miss kanwal said regarding the parents position etc then what is this

    It is the policy of the Board that students of good academic ability should not be prevented from accessing good quality education because of lack of family finances. Accordingly, provision is made for remission of fees according to merit and need for students of Class III and older. Applications forms are available from the Principal’s office.

    • Thanks for the comment. There are nice things written in our constitution as well which is the highest book of law but unfortunately the ground realities are always different in this part of the world.

  3. Nida Naveed on

    Hi Ms Kiran. I was looking for some information about KGS so I found your blog and it is really very informative. Thanks for giving some neutral kind of views.
    Keep writing

  4. A well composed blog..I must say this what are society is turning into.Im a mother to a toddler but after getting him into a preschool I have now come to realise how vaguely hard it is to provide our kids with good education..and even with my little ones future is affected by my own past…its like I wasnt born in an elite and bureautcrat family so my child cant have what is good.

  5. Im sorry I do not completely agree with you about the KGS admission selection criteria my kids go to grammar school neither am I a grammarian nor is my husband.During the interview they never inquired about the business details all they want to know is that you are educated, belong to decent family, what you expect from the institution and how much time do you spend with your child.These were the few basic questions, believe me there are so many kids studying there who come from educated middle class background.I think being honest as you are is the key of course they do expect the child to be able to answer and have confidence enough to interact.Anyhow this is my opinion as im talking from my experience.

  6. Assalamoalikum n greetings..hope you are doing well…. I visited your blog…n i found it intresting…. My daughter is studying in Happy Palace Grammar school…I want to ask is it a goood school or i should try for another….
    Ragards…
    Sana

  7. Hi kiran, can u tell me anything about A-level admission process n their criteria about grades in grammar school would be help ful.

  8. Hi my son is 19 months old , last year I hv moved to Pakistan, Karachi , I am Japanese and since January this year I’m trying to get registered my son in a good Montessori.
    So I went to Preeschool plus they didn’t even open the door they said your son is not eligible because he is cross the admission age our registration age is 0 to 3 months
    Then I went to Bay view thank god they let us in because that was the admission day so filled the form and submitted , then I got the interview date but unfortunately that day was my Son operation day at Agha Khan hospital so I called them and asked them to give me another date but they simply refused they are so cruel only money making schools they don’t care so pls do not go there they are not good schools

  9. Currently I am going through the same feelings. a feeling of deception as I say.
    BEING an educationist , I m lost and am trying to figure out what to do since my child didn’t get in this school. As they say the admissions were transparent .

    I am wondering what this Merit word has to do in a country like Pakistan.

  10. Hello Kiran
    My son applied this year for grade 7,would be great if you tell me about interview questions from parents and applicant both.
    Thanks.
    Zara

    • Kiran Kanwal on

      Hi there,

      It’s not a necessity for a child to attend pre-school prior to getting admission in KGS. Although many parents do send their child to pre-school thinking that their child will be prepared for the interview.

  11. HI I AM A 12 YEAR OLD STUDENT AND WILL SOON BE APPLYING FOR KGS , IF ONE DOES GET SELECTED THERE ARE A LOT OF QUARIES FROM PARENTS ABOUT THE BEHAVIOUR OF THE STUDENTS AND THINGS LIKE THAT, CHILDREN ARE SPOILT AND STUFF, AND THEY ARE ALWAYS RUDE TO THE NEW COMERS ALTHOUGH I AM EXCITED TO GO I ALSO FEEL SCARED AS TO WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN SO WHAT IDEAS TO YOU GIVE HOW SHOULD ONE DEAL IN SUCH A SITUATION

    • Kiran Kanwal on

      Hi Sara,
      For the moment I would suggest just concentrate on your preparation for the admission test. And wait for the outcome. Once you get selected, then you can save all your energy for thinking about what will be and how it will be.
      So let me know about the outcome and then I will definitely try to explain to you in detail about how you can handle rude people, from my experience.
      Thanks

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