Uttar Pradesh | RTE admissions to go online in UP from next year

The admission process under Right to Education (RTE) in Uttar Pradesh will be conducted online from next academic session for easy scaling, improved transparency and better child tracking.

Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has directed the basic education department to introduce the online system, saying it will help in completing the admission process faster. Yadav believes that the online system will help draw more admission forms and more children from economically weaker section will be able to get admission.

The state government will introduce the fully integrated Management Information System from January 2017 to help speed up the admission process which otherwise runs up to July. Presently, the entire thing is done manually.

UP has a potential of 6 lakh admissions each year under RTE’s section 12(1)(c). Using an online system would improve capacity, efficiency as well as transparency and as the demand goes up in the coming academic sessions, the current system won’t be able to handle such a large volume, an official said.

This system would also help track children once they are in the school system. With over 20,000 admissions in UP in the last two years, the present manual management system for application and its processing are cumbersome leading to delays and inefficiency.

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“Rajasthan and Maharashtra have been the front runners in the implementation of the RTE online model. For the academic year 2014-15, Rajasthan had the online system for the entire state and Maharashtra piloted it in selected areas of Mumbai and Pune,” Samina Bano, chairperson of Bharat Abhyudaya Foundation, said.

“This year Maharashtra, Delhi and Karnataka rolled out an online MIS system for RTE section 12 implementation across their states,” she added.

More than 15,000 students have enrolled in schools across 49 of 75 districts in Uttar Pradesh this year so far under the right to education act that mandates 25% reservation for children from economically and socially disadvantaged sections in private unaided institutes.

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This is more than 3 times compared to last year when 4,400 poor children got admission in over 500 private schools in only 26 districts. The total number of children admitted in 2012, 2013 and 2014 was only 108 in the state.

The maximum number of students to get admission under the act were in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency, where 3,318 poor children are now going to school.

India enacted the landmark RTE act in 2009, giving children from poor and other disadvantaged backgrounds the right to free and compulsory education to the age of 14.s in 2011 but they were implemented only in December.

Source : Hindustan Times

Madhya Pradesh| 70% RTE quota seats not filled in MP

Seventy percent of the seats allotted under the Right to Education (RTE) quota in Madhya Pradesh are left vacant this year even as there was a delay of over 10 months in the allotment.

The RTE Act guarantees every child right to full-elementary education and mandates reservation of a minimum of 25% seats to provide free schooling to poor students in all private unaided primary schools.

Admission of students under the Right to Education in different schools takes place in January every year. This year only 1.70 lakh students took the benefit of the admission scheme though more than 4 .2 lakh seats are reserved under the RTE quota in Madhya Pradesh.

For the poor response, parents blamed an online-admission process the state government introduced this year for the allocation of the seats.

“This year the seats were allotted through an online lottery system. The process was very tedious. One had to fill a long form, which was earlier done at the block offices, and attach the documents online. Documents were verified only after one received a SMS confirming selection under the RTE. The process was very complicated,” said Meena Srivas, a parent who had applied for seat under the RTE quota for her child.

The government, however, differed with the parents.

“Majority of the seats are left vacant because parents like to avail the facility only in a few selected schools. They are not interested to put their children in any school we offer them through lottery,” said KPS Tomar, an education department official overseeing the RTE seats allotment.

“Earlier the process was manual so admission fixing was rampant, but it was streamlined by introducing the online process,” he added.

Rajya Shiksha Kendra (RSK) in February found lot of irregularities in the manual allotment process and decided to make the process online.

Accordingly, the School Education Department had collaborated with the National Information Centre (NIC) to develop the software for the purpose, but the latter failed to develop it within the stipulated time, causing the delay in the online process.

RSK commissioner Deepti Gaur Mukherjee the state government also decided to reimburse fees to the eligible candidates online to make the process more transparent and check manipulation.

Madhya Pradesh government through RSK reimburses around Rs 3500 per student, who is entitled for the seat under RTE quota.

In Bhopal alone 30,000 children took the benefit of the reimbursement in the past four years, but sources said the number of children actually enrolled in schools under the scheme was much less.

Source : Hindustan Times

MUMBAI|RTE admissions to start early

Mumbai : Learning from its past mistakes, the civic body’s education department is planning to start admissions to 25 percent seats in private unaided schools under the Right to Education (RTE) Act early for the next academic year.

The process is expected to begin this month for the academic year beginning from June 2017. While classes had begun in June, this year the process went on from March till September. The previous year it had continued till December-January.

It is a time consuming process with the schools having to register first, followed by parents who register for their children’s admission after which the seats are allotted and finally the admission process entails three rounds. This academic year, out of the over 6,000 who were alloted seats, only around 2,500 finally took admission.

Officials said parents had not shown interest to approach schools as they had not got a school of their preference, while there were complaints that many schools were denying admissions. Parents admitted children to either a civic or private school since the RTE admission process was being indefinitely delayed, besides some schools turning down the admissions.

Schools had to update the admission status of children alloted seats on the education department’s website.

Source : The Free Press Journal

Mumbai | RTE does not apply to minority schools, says HC

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court (HC) has reiterated that Right To Education (RTE) Actdoes not apply to religious and linguistic minority schools.

Hearing a petition filed by Federation of Linguistic & Religious Minority Education Institutions, a division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice Mahesh Sonak quashed orders of the state government rejecting proposals by 10 school managements to open unaided minority English-medium primary schools on the grounds that they did not comply with RTE norms.

The HC asked the state to reconsider the applications as per law. “We are of the opinion that the rejection to the proposals submitted… was not proper, particularly since such rejections failed to take into consideration the law as declared by the Supreme Court,” said the judges.

The HC referred to the 2014 apex court order that held that provisions of RTE do not apply to aided or unaided minority institutions. The apex court had said that if RTE law were made applicable to such institutions, it would violate their rights and destroy the minority character of the schools.

 The RTE, enacted in 2009, says that all private schools that receive government aid and grants have to reserve at least 25% of seats for the poor and other categories of children who will be provided free, compulsory education.
The government reimburses expenses to schools. In 2010, the state invited applications for opening new schools in the state. The state education department received over 7,475 applications. In 2013, it rejected the applications as they did not comply with the RTE Act.
The Federation and the 10 schools approached the HC, challenging the rejection orders. The Federation claimed that the 2014 law made it clear that RTE does not apply to aided or unaided minority educational institutions.

Pune |RTE admissions: Dismal response forces authorities to start 2nd round of online applications

Following a poor response for admissions to the 25 per cent of seats reserved for economically backward students under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, the district administration has decided to once again open online applications in a bid to fill more seats in the second round of admissions. The Indian Express had reported on September 3 that as compared to 1.20 lakh applications last year, the number of applications this year was considerably less at 77,000. The number of RTE admissions across the state has also taken a hit.

In Pune district, of the 17,000-odd seats available in 781 schools, only 8,222 have been filled. In over 200 schools, not a single RTE admission has been reported. Taking into account the poor performance, the district education department has opened the online admission forms from October 8 for a period of seven days. “Those parents who were unable to fill the forms in the previous round can do so in this round. We are going to display the area-wise schools and vacancies there, which parents can check. Parents who had filled forms in previous rounds but could not get admissions for their wards for whatever reasons can refill the preference form of schools, depending on available seats and distance. Also, those who were alloted schools for their wards but did not take admissions can also refill preference form. The only forms which cannot be altered are of those students who took part in previous round, were allotted seats and confirmed admissions,” said Mushtaq Shaikh, the district’s primary education officer.

Confirming that the decision has been taken to ensure more RTE admissions, he said that the situation was more grim in rural areas where very few applications had come in as compared to available seats. In city areas of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, he said, the number of applications received was more than the number of available seats. “It is a huge loss to the schools and even students and parents if these seats are not filled because as per Act, the schools will have to keep them vacant. Hence, we are hoping to fill as many seats as possible in the second round,” said Shaikh.

Source : The Indian Express

Ludhiana | EWS students fail to get admission in Ludhiana private schools

Right to Education Act (RTE) is still not being implemented in the city as no student from the economically weaker section (EWS) has been recommended by the district education department since 2011 for admission in any private school.

RTE may have made a fundamental right for children between 6 and 14 years to have education and making it mandatory for private schools to reserve 25% seats for economically weaker section of students. But, any legislation is as good as its implementation else its purpose is defeated.

ADMISSION UNDER EWS CATEGORY

To get their children enrolled under this category, parents can register themselves with the district education officer who after verifying their details will send the names of the students to schools, area wise.

Private schools are also completing the formality by merely advertising the information regarding 25% seat reservation for EWS students. But in reality, some schools are filling these seats by admitting the wards of their Class IV employees.

PARENTS RUE FLAWED IMPLEMENTATION

Pradeep Kumar, a parent, lamented, “This Act is not being implemented in the state as a child is first asked to take admission in a government school, which in turn can’t deny admission to any child as per government’s direction. So when no government school will ever refuse admission to a child, then how the 25% EWS category seats in the private schools will be filled, he said adding, “Last year, I decided to admit my child in a private school under this category but, when I contacted the district education office they asked me to get my kid admitted in a government school. How can I send my child to a government school which has no facilities? In Ludhiana, government primary schools have poor facilities and non-existent infrastructure where, students are mostly sitting in the open, under the trees or in corridors. That’s why I got my son admitted in a private school where I am paying the full fee. I can’t afford to pay Rs 1,200 per month, but I want my son to get education from a good school and become a better citizen.

Source : Hindustan Times

Chembur | Chembur school denies admissions to low castes

Mumbai : Sujatha and Umesh Gangurde have been running from pillar to post from the past eight months to get admission for their son into Junior KG in a Chembur school.

The school, General Education Academy, however, has been refusing admission to the child because he belongs to the Scheduled Caste category. As a result, their son, Kabir has still not started going to school.

The school’s management has been asking them to apply for the 25 per cent seats under the Right To Education Act. “We don’t need the free seat provided under RTE as we are able to afford the fees,” said Umesh, who works as a senior engineer in a private firm. “We have told them we will give them the full year’s fees at once if they want or even pay a donation if that is what they want,” he said.

The couple are keen on General Education Academy since besides being close to their home, their daughter also studies in the same school in Class II.

Since the school insisted that they will be given admission only through RTE, the family applied for it. But they did not get an allotment in the RTE lottery. In fact, this year, of the over 6,000 children who applied only 2,500 got admissions.

Since under RTE 25 per cent admissions, a school is allotted through a computerised system, they could not be sure they would get the school. “We are not the only low castes who have been turned away. The school did this with many other families. But we are the only ones fighting for a seat in the school, since our daughter studies there,” said Sujatha.

V L Shanbag, principal of the school defended the school’s actions. “When 25 per cent seats are reserved under RTE Act for socially and economically backward castes, they cannot claim a right in these remaining 75 per cent seats,” he said.

The law however, does not prohibit low castes to apply for the remaining 75 per cent seats, for which they have to pay fees. “The law does not say it is meant for open category. But that’s how we interpret it. I am ready to go to court if needed,” said Shanbag, an upper caste. He said though, that he does not affiliate with any caste.  “In my school, we give admissions in the remaining 75 per cent seats only to OBCs and open category,” he said.

Umesh says that though the Deputy Education Officer of the BMC had given a letter asking the school to give admission to the child, the principal refused to follow the order.

Source : The Free Press Journal

Mumbai | Only 39% kids get RTE seats, BMC plans 4th round

MUMBAI: Only 2,498 students of the 6,409 who applied during the three online rounds for entry to unaided non-minority schools in the city under the Right to Education Act have been admitted. The third round that ended on September 10 ended with only 75 of the 891 selected students securing admission.

The online admission rounds began in April with 318 schools reserving 25% of their seats at the entry level for students belonging to the weaker sections. A total of 9,664 seats -3,359 in pre-primary and 6,305 in Class I -were available under the quota this year.

The BMC‘s education department, which conducts the admissions, is mulling another round after only 39% were admitted under RTE. “Many students have secured admission in other schools and hence the poor response. But since we have vacancies, we are considering a fourth round. A decision is expected in the coming week,” said Prakash Charate, deputy education officer. “Some parents are very selective and hence have not been able to secure admission,” he added.
However, activists complained that the low number was due to schools’ unwillingness to accept students from economically weaker sections and the government’s inability to take action against them. “Hundreds of students have been turned back by the schools on various grounds such as distance from residence or discrepancies with income certificate. Despite making corrections, the schools have refused the students. Only some of these students participated in the following rounds but a lot of them are out of school,” said Sudhir Paranjape of Anudanit Shiksha Bachao Samiti, a NGO.

They feel the implementing agencies need to be more pro-active. “The BMC does not take action against schools which have refused admission year after year. This way, none of the schools will fear flouting norms,” said Paranjape.

 Officials said they have sent notices to several schools. “Whenever we received a complaint, we sent a showcause notice to the school. Repeated notices have been sent till we got a satisfactory reply. Currently , there is only one school which is yet to reply to our notice,” said Charate.

Source : Times of India

Tamil Nadu | Private schools demand early RTE reimbursements

Tamil Nadu Private Schools Association has urged the State Government to not delay the reimbursement of fee for students admitted under the Right to Education Act and pay those by September every academic year.

Resolution

The Association made the demand by way of a resolution it passed at a meeting held in Coimbatore on Saturday.

It also wanted the Government to grant recognition for three years and permanent recognition for those schools that were 10 years old or more.

For other schools, the Association said the Government should give more time to comply with rules.

Syllabus

The Association said that the Government should not compel private schools to achieve the target for admitting students under the Right to Education Act, upgrade the Samacheer syllabus on a par with Plus One and Plus Two syllabi as there was a wide gap.

It also sought uniform syllabus across the country, as suggested in the draft of the National Education Policy.

Other demands

The other demands the Association made included the issue of ESI issuing notices to schools when a case in this regard was pending before courts and coming out in the open on the minimum land required for private schools, as the survival of 900 plus schools was dependent thereon.

The Association also sought reforms in the way the Government conducted the Plus Two exam – pooling of three neighbourhood schools to a centre among others.

Source : The Hindu

Uttar Pradesh | Over 15 Thousand Students Benefit From RTE Admission Act In UP

Uttar Pradesh saw a huge jump in the admission in  schools under Right to Education(RTE) act. This acted as a great relief to many lower middle class and poor people. There are many families in UP who is not capable of sending their kids to a good private school. Also, many places are in the state are unaware of the RTE act.

According to a report, a total of 15,626 students got admission in 49 districts while the number of applications was 21,789. This number is an exponential growth when compared to the data of last year which was just at 4,400. The number was much lower in the prior years 2012, 2013, and 2014, and in those years the number of intake was 108.

The reason for low turnout in previous years was maybe the lack of awareness in many districts. The reason for the lack of awareness was due to late enacted RTE in the state. While the country started RTE act in 2009, UP formed the RTE rules in 2011 and implemented in 2012.

This year the data of admissions may show a feat in the number of admissions, it cannot be neglected that 26 districts have been left out and other district showed a lower turnout. Varanasi showed a maximum number of admission where 3,318 were enrolled in the private schools. Agra and Lucknow followed Varanasi with the figure of 3,000 and 2,920 respectively.

The foundation behind the admission under RTE was laid by Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA). It worked as a media to create awareness among parents and society. It worked well, however, it couldn’t cover the whole part of UP. RTE crusader and founder-chairperson of Bharat Abhyudaya Foundation (BAF) said BSA worked very well in some parts while in other parts it didn’t work well but it has opened many opportunities for many families especially whose first generation got admission in private schools.

During the process of creating awareness, BAF noticed that many private schools are unwilling to take admission under RTE act. These schools might get advantage from those seats. BAF said if RTE act would be used efficiently, UP schools can assist 50 lakh deserving students in the next 8 years which can really change the face of education.

Source :Examswatch.com