6,409 selected in first round of RTE admissions lottery

The first round of lottery for admissions under the Right to Education (RTE) Act was held in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) education office in Dadar on Wednesday. Almost 6,409 applications were confirmed out of the total 9,664 seats in pre-primary and primary classes. Also, 68 schools received no applications for RTE admissions this year.

Under the RTE Act, 25% of seats in private schools have been reserved for children from the economically weaker sections of the society. The parents of children whose applications were selected in the first round will get a message on their phones about the school that has been allotted to them.

Registration of schools was done from March 16-30 and applications for admission were to be submitted between March 31 and April 18. As many as 317 schools received online applications under RTE. Among them, the number of SSC board schools was 274. The total number of seats available in pre-primary section are 3,359 and for grade 1, 6,305. As many as 12,794 people registered and 6,409 applications were confirmed on Wednesday.

BMC education inspector Nisar Khan said, “The BMC received a reimbursement of Rs22 lakh for 17 schools for the academic year 2014-2015 from the state government. Soon, that amount will be disbursed by BMC’s education department.”

Dinkar Temkar, deputy director of primary education, informed, “The first round of lottery went smoothly. If schools reject some documents for providing wrong information, the admission of that child will get cancelled. If any one feels that their documents were rejected for no reason, they can complain to. We will go through their documents again and take a decision.”

According to BMC’s education department officials, the state government will reimburse only Class I students and not those who secured admission in pre-primary under the RTE quota.

Source : dna

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