Aurangabad | Schools miss RTE admission deadline, schedule extended

Aurangabad: With the schools allegedly not cooperating with the education department of the Zilla Parishad (ZP), the RTE admission process in Aurangabad district has gone for a toss for the second time.

The education department has now extended the admission deadline till April 13 after several schools failed to carry out online registrations even as the stipulated deadline ended on Sunday.

Earlier, April 6 was the last date for schools’ registration, but the deadline was pushed to April 10 due to the alleged non-cooperation from educational institutions.

R S Mogal, education officer (primary) in the Aurangabad ZP, told TOI on Monday that schools that do no register before the extended deadline would have to face dire consequences.

“We will not release the dues towards RTE reimbursement for last year’s admissions to schools that do not register before April 13. Besides, legitimate action against such errant schools would also be initiated as per the enabling provisions of the RTE Act, though the process is a bit long,” he said.

Mogal said the next phase of RTE admissions could not be started unless all the eligible schools get registered. “The RTE admission process has been taking place in an online manner through the state-level portal. We cannot revert to any segment while carrying out the process. The school registration deadline has been extended in order to ensure that the beneficiaries do not leave out any vacancies under RTE in their neighbourhood,” he said.

The RTE admission process has been already running well behind the schedule. Almost three weeks were lost earlier as the dedicated portal ( for carrying out online admissions developed technical snags.

Ajmal Khan, national vice-president of Akhil Bharatiya Samajwadi Adhyapak Sabha, said stern action must be taken against schools trying to evade the RTE Act. “Some deterrent has to be set by taking stern action schools trying to evade the Act. The education department should immediately issue show-cause notices to these schools and invoke punishment upon receiving unsatisfactory reply,” he said.
City-based schools that have already registered for RTE admissions lamented another collapse of the official schedule. “The delay means working days for schools during summer vacations. Our staffers and management will have to suffer for no fault of theirs,” said a school head on the condition of anonymity.
The admission process for 25% quota reserved under the Right to Education Act, 2009, in schools became online for Auangabad from the last academic year. While only urban areas were considered for the online process last year, rural areas too have been covered under the same this year.

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