kolhapur | 223 schools in district register for RTE

Kolhapur: As many as 223 private primary schools in the district have registered to provide admissions under the Right to Education, said district primary education officer Subhash Chougule on Thursday.

There are 323 private schools in the district which are eligible for admissions under the RTE Act. “If we had gone ahead with the original schedule, the first phase of RTE admissions could have been finished by now. Due to the technical issues, schools which have not yet registered have been told to enter their details at the earliest. The registration of schools was supposed to end on March 9 and parents had been told to fill applications by March 28,” he said, also mentioning that officials have not yet been told when parents can fill the forms.

“The registration of is likely to be over by this weekend,” he said. An official from the same department said there are over 3,000 eligible seats reserved under the RTE for admissions in the district. He said that once the parents submit their applications, the system will choose the closest school depending on the address entered. Admission can only be secured through lottery process for parents have to apply online. Help centres will be set up across the talukas the online application. tnnSattappa Mohite, an education activist, said that the sloppiness in the RTE admission is not new and the administration needs to improve their infrastructure to avoid these things from repeating.

Last year, with more than 40% RTE seats remaining vacant in the district, the Kolhapur zilla parishad asked schools to survey areas in a 1km radius of their premises to identify RTE beneficiaries. The admission process had to be extended till September after the poor response in the district.

With this current process delayed as well, activists say this year will be no exception either.

Under the RTE act, economically and socially disadvantaged children, as well as those with disabilities, can be admitted in Class I or at the pre-primary stage, of private unaided and minority aided schools. These children will receive free education including textbooks, and other facilities.

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Timeline

*February 29 to March 9: Schools start online registration for RTE

*March 10: Technical glitches stops the online registrations

*April 4-7: Schools resume online registrations

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STATS

*Number of private schools with RTE quota: 323

*Number of seats available: Over 3,000

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If we would have stuck with the original schedule, first phase of RTE admissions could have finished by now, however, due to the technical glitches, the schools, which are yet to be finished their details, have been asked to enter at the earliest. The registrations of schools were supposed to end on March 9 and parents were asked to fill in their applications by March 28

Subhash Chougule, district primary education officer

Pune | More schools open up to pupils under RTE

Pune: Over 400 schools in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad have registered online to providing admissions under 25% quota of Right to Education (RTE) Act the academic session 2016-17. Last year, only 240 schools had registered.

The deputy director of education (Pune) will announce the schedule student enrolment this week. Last year, about 13,782 seats were up grabs students from economically weaker sections under the RTE. With more number of schools registering this year, the parents will have more seats to choose from. The Schools can register online till March 31.

The admission process wasgot delayed this year too due to technical glitches school managements faced during registration. Mahavir Mane, director of primary education, said, “It is good to see more schools enrolled. This will give more options to students and their parents.”

In the first week of March, the managements of private English medium schools were told to register online, giving details of available seats and location of school. However, the government website remained dysfunctional throughout last week of admission. Except schools from Nashik, from other districts of the state no other school could complete the task. The process has gathered momentum over the last few days.

Steps to follow students

1) Get your application number registered online. The application number and password will be communicated on your registered cellphone

2) Enter details of child and parents

3) Locate the address accurately to select school within 1-3 km distance from your hous

4) Select the required class

 5) Upload documents
6) Confirm the application
7) After confirmation, take the printed application and required documents to the help desk

Mumbai | RTE applications to open tomorrow

MUMBAI: After over a 20 day delay, the online applications for admissions for the 25% seats reserved under the Right to Education Act, 2009 will start today (Thursday). The online applications will be open up to April 15.

 The RTE admissions allow students from economically backward sections to seek free education in non-minority, unaided schools. The application for the RTE seats had been delayed after school registration, the phase one of the admission process was delayed due to technical glitches.
 The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) which conducts the admission process has received registrations from a total of 316 schools, four more as compared to last year. Of these, 272 schools are affiliated to the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.
Parents can sign up at rte25admission.maharashtra.gov.in and fill application forms. The BMC has also set up 36 help centres to assist parents in the process.

Pune | Over 100 schools stand up to RTE quota diktat

Pune: The managements of 112 schools in the city have refused to participate in the ongoing online admission process under Right to Education Act (RTE) because they haven’t received their dues from the government since last three years.

The office of deputy director of education, Pune, has sent notices to schools, warning them of de-recognition if they had not registered by March 31.

Till now, 349 schools have registered for online admissions. “Of the 176 schools in Pune, 26 have not registered. Haveli area has 125 schools, of which 37 have not registered. In Pimpri-Chinchwad, 49 of the 160 schools have refused to register,” stated a press release issued by the education department.

Only private unaided schools come under the provision of RTE, which requires schools to reserve 25% seats in entry level classes to be reserved for students from economically and socially disadvantaged categories of the society.

 The schools that have refused to register say the government has not paid them any money since the law was enacted in 2012-13. “Three academic years have passed and despite filling up all the necessary forms, we have not got any reimbursement. In 2012-13, the compensation amount was fixed at Rs 14,000 per child per year, it was cut down to Rs 13,474 from 2013-14 onwards. How is this compensation justified?” asked a private school management member.

As per the Right to Education Act, the government has to give reimbursement for every kid who is enrolled in the 25% reserved category. The compensation is fixed as either the annual average cost set by the government after calculating what it spends on a student in government school or as the annual school fee of the respective private school, whichever is less. But private school owners complain that even these guidelines are not being followed.

“The education minister had said in Sangli said that government spends Rs 96,000 per student per year in a government school. But for schools, only Rs 13,474 is earmarked per child,” said Rajendra Singh, president of Independent English Schools Association .

Source: The Times of India

Nagpur | IESA to approach court over RTE reimbursement

NAGPUR: More and more schools are now standing up to the state government and questioning why they should give free admissions under Right To Education (RTE) quota if all pending bills are not paid. Independent English Schools Association (IESA) has decided to approach the court after its Working Committee meet in Pune ratified the proposal.

Rajendra Dayma, co-founder and vice president of IESA said, “We will approach the court to seek an answer on why we have not been reimbursed fully for admissions given till date.” Under RTE Act, schools are obligated to reserve 25% seats and give free admission to students sent by the local education office. The state government on its part pays schools the fee according to the amount it spends on its students annually. In Maharashtra, this amount has been calculated around Rs 13,500 per year.

The dispute is a result of Maharashtra’s failure to pay up the entire amount. So far schools here have received payment for admissions done from 2012-13 and 2013-14. But even for these two years only 66% of the bills have been cleared. Schools have not been informed why the balance amount has been held back and when it will be paid to them. Apart from this, schools have not received even a single penny for 2014-15 and 2015-16. While the latter can be excused as that academic session has just ended, there’s still no clarity on why the government is holding up payments for the previous years.

 TOI had reported earlier on how the Maharashtra English Schools Trustees Association (MESTA) too has decided to boycott RTE admission process. MESTA has given a memorandum to Nagpur education officer, Dipendra Lokhande, that until all pending bills are cleared no admissions will be given under RTE.

Kolhapur | Phase-II of online RTE applications underway

KOLHAPUR: Over 200 private schools from the district have registered online for the Right to Education (RTE) Act admission process this year. The application process for parents, who want to enroll their children under the Act, started from Friday and will end on March 30.

This year, the education department is carrying out the admissions in three steps. This is because of the numerous problems the department had earlier faced for both online and offline admissions. The department has come up with a proper stage-wise planning to ensure proper compliance this time round.

An education department official about the admission status said that under the first phase schools from the district had to register under the RTE Act. However, the official said that they are yet to get the final number of schools, which have registered from the district but considering every year’s experience there are more than 200 private schools in the district, which offer RTE admissions

An education department official on the admission status said that they are yet to get the final number of schools which have registered from the district. However, considering every year’s experience there are more than 200 private schools in the district, offering RTE admissions for the reserved quota.

Schools were asked to fill in details about their class strength and their entry point. The schools’ entry point can either be at the class I or pre-primary stage. This was left up to the schools to decide, the official said.

The official said that the second phase, which started from March 11, where the parents have to fill up admission forms. The system will choose the nearest school according to the address entered by parents as well as location tracking, using Google Maps.

The official said that filling the admission form is a formality to be able to participate in the lottery. The lottery is the only way through which admissions can be secured. The third phase will be of the admission itself and will be held between April 1 and April 5.

According to the official, workshops for the concerned authorities have been conducted over the past months.

Last year, more than 40% RTE seats were vacant position across the district. The Kolhapur zilla parishad had then asked the district schools to take a survey in a one-km radius of their school premises to identify any RTE beneficiaries. However, the admission process had to be extended to September, after the poor response in the district.

Under the RTE Act, economically and socially disadvantaged children, as well as those with disabilities, can be admitted in Class I or at the pre-primary stage, of private unaided and minority aided schools. These children will receive free education including textbooks, among other facilities.

A recent report on the condition of the RTE Act revealed that different states across the country had vague norms about the implementation of Section 12(1)(c) of the Act. The section mandates 25% reservation for children from economically and socially disadvantaged strata in private and unaided non-minority schools. The report was jointly published by the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad and other agencies.

The report stated that a reason for low school participation is the delay in reimbursement to schools for admitting students under the Act.Some of the suggestions that experts provided so as to tackle the issue was to ensure reliable and timely disbursement of funds by streamlining processes, transferring funds on time to districts, reviewing manpower needs, and coordinating with bank officials to ensure that schools are reimbursed on time.

A report by the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad and other agencies found that states had unclear rules and guidelines to implement Section 12(1)(c) of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, which mandates 25% reservation for children from economically and socially disadvantaged sections in private unaided non-minority schools.

Ashish Dhawan, founder and chairman, Central Square Foundation, a philanthropy, said, “Awareness is still patchy, especially in rural areas. Once children enter the school system, the provision of supporting and child-tracking is almost non – existent.

One reason for low school participation is the delay in reimbursement to schools for admitting students under this provision, the report stated. Ensuring reliable and timely reimbursements by streamlining the processes, transferring funds on time to districts, reviewing manpower needs, and coordinating with bank officials to ensure that schools are reimbursed on time, are some other suggestions from experts.

 What is redeeming is that this admission year has seen a slight improvement compared to the previous season, when 3.2 lakh seats filled out of 21.8 lakh available seats (14.66% fill rate) in 2013-14. Prof Ankur Sarin, faculty, Public Systems Group, Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad, said, “Across states like Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Karnataka, civil society played a critical role in improving implementation of the provision. They have done so by disseminating information and creating awareness about this policy among beneficiaries.”

Nagpur | Schools take tough stance on non-payment of RTE bills

Nagpur: The tussle over Right To Education (RTE) quota admission and its reimbursements looks to be heading for a faceoff. On Thursday, a small group of private schools from Nagpur city approached the education department and questioned why they should continue to give RTE admissions when the government has paid only 66% of their bills. Schools are also learnt to be mulling the option of stopping RTE admissions for 2016-17, at least for sometime, to send a strong message to the government.

The school delegation met with district education officer Dipendra Lokhande and stressed on the “financial crisis” they are facing due to RTE bills not being reimbursed fully. Avantika Lekurwale, a school trustee, said, “The government has paid us just over two thirds for the two academic sessions 2012-14. Nothing has been paid for 2014-15 even though the 2015-16 academic session is almost over. The government must give in writing about what step we should take regarding RTE admissions.”

Many trustees believe stopping RTE admissions maybe the only way to compel the government to pay up but are holding back because of legal implications. Having become a statutory right, school education cannot be denied to a child. Hence schools coming under the ambit of RTE admission quota, are liable to face legal action if they stop admissions. Rajendra Dayma, founder-member of the Independent English Schools Association (IESA), said, “We are discussing the issue and very soon a meeting with will be held. As of today, there is no call for boycott of admissions.”

The government wants to nip this thought in the bud itself. Nand Kumar, principal secretary of school education, said, “If any school says they have not received even a single rupee under RTE it is a fraudulent statement, and we can file a police complaint against those who make such claims. And as per law, RTE admissions cannot be denied at all.”

Kumar’s statement is only partially true. Since schools have not received even a single paisa for academic session 2014-15 and 2015-16 they do have a strong case. Rajendra Singh, president of Federation of Pvt. Unaided Schools Associations, said, “The financial burden on schools is enormous because 25% of the revenue is blocked. This puts pressure on the remaining 75% students who pay regular fees. We do not want any child to be inconvenienced, all we are asking for is what the government had promised in the first place.”

While there is no official boycott of RTE admissions yet, just the fact that schools have started thinking in that direction is clear indication the government cannot push them around anymore. A school trustee said, “It has to be a two way street. We give RTE admissions and the state reimburses. As of now, it has become one-way. It’s time to raise our voice as after all our demands are completely fair and legal.”

WHAT IS THE ISSUE?

* Private schools admit poor students in 25% seats under RTE

* State govt is supposed to pay Rs 13,000 per year/per student to schools against these students

* Schools have given admission under RTE since 2012-13 session

* They received the first payment in November 2015; that too only 66% of the bill

* This too government paid only for 2012-13 and 2013-14

* No payment yet for 2014-15 and 2015-16

* Schools say if government is not paying, why shoudn’t they stop admission

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

* Government will wait for schools to stop RTE admissions before taking action

* Schools to plan action keeping legal implications in mind

* By next week things may be clearer

NUMBER GAME

580 – Schools in Nagpur district eligible for RTE reimbursements

Rs. 40 crore – approximate amount needed to cover entire bill from 2012-14 to 2015-16

Rs 3 crore – approximate amount received so far

Source : The Times Of India

Pune | RTE admissions :Website stays shut as deadline lapses; schools worried about delays

Despite the fiasco over the 25 per cent quota admissions for students from the economically weaker sections under Right to Education (RTE) Act last year, the education department seems to have learnt no lessons. After delaying the 2016-17 admission process for weeks by claiming to come up with a new software, the primary education department finally announced that the statewide schedule for RTE admissions starting with school registrations would begin from February 27 in Pune.

However, despite the last date (March 5) coming to an end by when schools were supposed to have finished the registration process, the online website developed specifically for this purpose wasn’t allowing any schools to register. Thanks to a software glitch, not a single school in the district has finished the registration process

While a few schools have been informed about the delay in the process informally, the department, which issued an official communication about the last schedule, is yet to announce a new schedule officially, leaving both schools and even parents in confusion. In the online RTE admission process, first school registration has to be completed wherein schools have to fill data about their entry point and total intake based on which education department gets an area-wise data on number of RTE quota seats available. This will be followed by online registration by parents of their children and lastly lots will be drawn for allotting seats. In this case, the first process itself has not yet started.

“The entire issue that arose last year was due to a lack of timetable and planning. It’s a good move that they are coming out with a new software. But if the dates are being extended or delayed, shouldn’t they inform all stakeholders through a public announcement?

 According to the last announcement, parents were to begin registration from March 8. Yesterday, one parent came to my school and said he wanted to register and I explained to him he had to do it online. But from Monday, if they aren’t able to do that, again chaos will begin,” said Nandkumar Kakirde, director and honorary secretary of Bal Shikshan Bhavan.

Anvit Sudheer Pathak, director of Milennium School, also confirmed he wasn’t able to register but said he had been informally communicated that registrations would be delayed. “But they should come out with a circular to avoid the confusion which other schools might naturally be facing,” Pathak said.

Meanwhile, Dinkar Temkar, deputy director of education (primary), admitted to the delay in the process which he blamed on technical glitches in the new software. “We had earlier expected to finish the process of school registration by March 5, but it could not be done. So I think there would be some minor delays in the process. Currently, we have resolved the issue and started school registration only in Nashik district. If it is successfully done there, rest of the districts would follow suit from next week,” he said. However, when asked if a fixed date had been decided for the process to begin in Pune, Temkar said the picture would be clearer by Saturday evening about the Nashik situation after which further dates would be declared.

Source : The Indian Express

Pune | Activists complain RTE admissions not on right track

Pune: Yet another delay in effecting the Right to Education (RTE) admissions for 25% reserved seats has made the activists wary of the outcome this season which begins in June.

 The education department, on its part, claimed the admission procedure would be carried out smoothly.

 Activists say the lottery, which is to be held in March, will be too late for children belonging to the disadvantaged category to get admission in schools because there is a possibility their name does not come up in the lucky draw. Many unaided schools end the admissions to remaining 75% seats by March. The activists have sought strict punishment for school managements that refuse to fulfill RTE admissions.
“Most reputed unaided schools in the city will complete their admission process by the end of this month. Many parents are in a dilemma. They don’t know if they should seek admission by regular mode or should they wait for the admissions through RTE’s online procedure to start. The problem is that if the parents wait for the RTE procedure to get over, it is possible their ward’s name may not come up in the draw. In that case, the child stands to miss out on one academic year. But the parents also cannot take admissions now because non-refundable fee for the year has to be paid up front in many schools,” said Mukund Kirdat, an RTE activist.
Activists have also sought grievance redressal systems at ward level so that parents do not have to go to zilla parishad or the municipal corporation’s education department for addressing their grievances. Accepting their demand, Ramchandra Jadhav, deputy director Pune division, said, “We have decided to make the assistant administrative officer in every ward the grievance redressal officer. He or she will be given three days time to look into the complaint and come up with a solution. If the assistant administrative officer is unable to do so, he will have to report it to the education officer at the Zilla Parishad or the corporation. Parents should approach the deputy director office only if both these officials fail to solve their problem. Parents should use the toll free education helpline number 18002331899.”

Nagpur | Process for RTE admissions in schools under 25% quota announced

Nagpur: The Maharashtra Education Department has announced the schedule as well as norms for admissions to schools under 25 percent quota as part of Right To Education Act (RTE) for the next academic session across the State. The process for admissions will commence from February 29 in Nagpur Division. The Government, faced with the numerous problems in the process for both online and offline admissions, has come up with proper stage-wise planning to ensure proper compliance this time.

Now, the RTE admission process will be in three steps. First will be registration of schools in the online database being managed by National Informatics Centre (NIC), a government body, which will start on February 29. Schools will have to fill all details about their class strength and their entry point. Schools’ entry point can either be Standard-I or pre-primary, this has been left up to the schools to decide. However, so far, there has been no official commitment from the State Government on whether or not they will reimburse fees for pre-primary admissions. As of now, the government will only reimburse schools for all RTE quota admissions they give from Standard-I to Standard-VIII. The reimbursement amount will be decided solely by the government, which was last year just over Rs13,000 per annum.

The second phase, starting March 11, will be where parents fill up admission forms. The system will chose the closest school according to the address entered by parents and location tracking using Google Maps. Parents can give options so the next available seat can be secured. Filling the admission form does not guarantee a seat in schools, it is merely a requirement to participate in the lottery. The lottery is the only way through which admissions can be secured in schools. The third phase will be of the admission lottery itself, which will be held on April 1.

Following is the programme:
• Schools have to get registered from February 29 to March 9.
• Parents have to submit applications for admissions from March 11 to 28.
• Key Tools Admissions:
i) The one-time passward will get generated on mobile phones through which information regarding lottery will be furnished. A permanent mobile phone number is must for parents.
ii) Parents having annual income below Rs 1 lakh are eligible for admissions under RTI. Income certificate issued by Tehsil Office will have to be produced.
iii) The age of children for admissions to Standard-I should be five years on July 31, 2016.
iv) Documents required are domicile certificate, Aadhar card, ration card, election ID, passport, rent agreement of three years for parents staying in rented houses.
v) Birth certificate of children and two photos of passport size.
vi) Website is: www.rte25admission.maharashtra.gov.in

Source: Nagpur Today