Ahmedabad: The Ahmedabad District Education Officer has decided that students seeking admission under Right to Education (RTE) Act will be given preference at schools near their residence or in their wards. The DEO office is also giving the cellphone numbers of liaison officer for admissions.
The city DEO, AK Rathod, said that apart from admission in schools located in children’s respective wards, the DEO will conduct a review each week of admissions at different schools. If there is any problem, it will be addressed immediately, he said.
Rathod further said that the schools had been informed that they cannot charge high fees from the students.
“If any school charges hig fees or asks students for more money, action will be taken against it,” he said.
A total of 14,735 students were given admission under RTE Act in Ahmedabad district. Of these, 10,145 students were granted admission in Ahmedabad city.
Rathod said a total of 17,000 forms were distributed under RTE but of these, only 11,044 forms were received from applicants. After scrutiny, only 10,145 students were given permission for admission.
The DEO further said that of the 10,145 students admitted under RTE, 2,448 were from BPL card-holding families, 2,741 from Schedule Castes and Scheduled Tribes; and 2,389 from Other Backward Classes. The rest were general category students, said Rathod.
There are a total 767 school in the city. Of these, 440 are Gujarati medium schools; 77 teach in Hindi medium; 248 in English medium; and there are two Urdu medium schools.
Ahmedabad rural DEO, Mahesh Mehta, said 4,590 admission were confirmed in 697 schools in the district. He further said that they had not received any complaint regarding admissions so far. “There was only one complaint and that was from Charodi Gurukul where parents had alleged that the school was charging high fees. We spoke to the school and the matter has been sorted out,” said Mehta.