Karnataka: Admissions to RTE quota seats to start from February 20

BENGALURU: Admissions to Right to Education (RTE) quota seats for the academic year 2018-19 will begin from February 20. According to the timetable scheduled by the state Department of Public Instructions, seat aspirants for the 25 per cent quota RTE seats can submit applications from February 20 to March 21. The first round of online lottery for seat selection will be held on April 6.

Meanwhile, for the first time, the department has brought even aided schools under the ambit of the RTE Act. From 2018-19 academic year, even aided schools will have to reserve 25 per cent of seats under the RTE quota. Over 3,000 aided schools in the state will come under the RTE ambit and as a result over 15000 more seats will be added this year.

Meanwhile, private unaided schools in the state are allowed to fill the 75 per cent of non-RTE seats only after May 30.

important dates
Submission of online applications under RTE quota: From February 20 to March 21
First round seat allotment through online lottery: April 6
Apr 7 to 17: Students who have been allotted seats in first round to get admission at the respective schools
Second round seat allotment: April 26
Apr 27 to May 5: Students who got allotted seats in 2nd round to get admission at respective schools
Third round seat allotment: May 14
May 16 to 22: Students who have been allotted seats in the third round to get admission at the respective schools

Source: The New Indian Express

Karnataka: 18,000 more RTE seats in aided schools this year

For the first time since the Right to Education (RTE) Act was enforced, the State government has mandated that government-aided schools, apart from private schools, should reserve seats for students from socio-economic disadvantaged sections of society. This will see nearly 3,000 aided schools and over 18,000 additional seats coming within the ambit of the RTE Act, said officials of the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). There are currently over 1.28 lakh seats available in over 11,900 unaided schools.

Until now, only unaided schools were reserving 25% of their seats for students from weaker sections and disadvantaged groups. These schools receive reimbursement based on the students they admit under the quota.

According to Section 12 (1)(b) of the RTE Act, aided schools would have to provide free and compulsory elementary education to the children admitted based on the annual recurring aid or grants, subject to a minimum of 25%. However, aided schools will not receive any reimbursement for admitting the students.

There is mixed response to this move. Some schools feel waiving fees for students under the quota may not work out for them financially as they charge nominal fees from other students. “By reserving some seats without reimbursement, we may not be able to meet infrastructural requirements,” said a management representative.

However, for others there is a sense that at least through RTE quota, currently empty classrooms may get a fresh lease of life. “We are all Kannada-medium schools and are struggling to survive. We will admit students if they opt for seats through the RTE quota,” said a school representative.

The DPI has announced the calender of events for RTE events, and parents can file online applications for their wards between February 20 and March 21. The first round of seats will be allotted on April 6.

Private school have been asked to fill the remaining 75% of seats only after the three-rounds of RTE admissions are completed by May 30.

However, private schools are unhappy with the move, and said they will defy the order. D. Shashi Kumar, general secretary, Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka (KAMS) said there is always a delay in RTE admissions as seen over the past three years, and they cannot take a risk in admissions over the next academic year.

Source: The Hindu

Karnataka: From next year, aided schools need to reserve seats under RTE quota

From the 2018-2019 academic year, even aided schools will have to provide reservation for students from weaker sections in their neighbourhoods.

The State government issued an order on Tuesday on the procedure to be followed for the admission process under RTE quota. This is the first time that aided schools will provide reservation. Hitherto, only unaided schools were providing 25% of their seats under the quota.

The Government Order states that as per Section 12 (1) (b) of the RTE Act, aided schools would have to provide free and compulsory elementary education to the children admitted based on the annual recurring aid or grants, subject to a minimum of 25%. The order also states that unaided sections in aided schools should also follow the rule but would be reimbursed for it. The rest of the criteria and process of admission are the same as what was followed in 2017-18. Also, it is compulsory that the child and one of the parents have Aadhaar card.

Source: The Hindu

Karnataka: No change in RTE entry process in coming academic year

Bringing relief to parents pinning their hopes on getting their children admitted in private, unaided schools under the Right to Education (RTE) quota in the coming academic year, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Tanveer Sait has shot down the Education Department’s proposal to tweak the norms governing the RTE admission process.

Earlier this month, Shalini Rajneesh, Principal Secretary of the department, proposed that students applying for RTE quota seats be admitted to government or aided schools in their neighbourhoods, and to private schools only if there are no government or aided schools in the vicinity.

On January 12, Mr. Sait rejected the proposal citing the need for the State rules under the RTE Act, 2009 to be amended before making any changes to the admission process. He said the proposed amendments need to be placed before the Cabinet for approval, and then in both Houses of the State legislature. As the process will take time, in the coming year the process followed in the past years should be retained, he said.

However, he said, the question of tweaking the Act can be considered based on the Kerala model after taking inputs from different stakeholders.

The move to amend the Act has come under criticism as most wards in the city have a government and aided school, and changing the rules would mean that chances of a child getting admission under the RTE quota in a private school will be ruled out. Sources also suggested that the State government did not want to introduce these changes in an election year.

However, another section of experts had batted for the proposed amendments believing they may help channelise funds — currently being spent on reimbursement for seats in private unaided schools — to government schools. In the 2017-2018 academic year alone, the State government is estimated to spent close to ₹350 crore on reimbursement.

Source: The Hindu

Karnataka: Education Department plans to tweak RTE admission criteria

In a move that is likely to have an adverse impact on admission of children belonging to weaker sections and disadvantaged groups in private schools, the Department of Primary and Secondary Education plans to change the criteria for admissions under the Right to Education (RTE) Act for the 2018-19 academic year.

Shalini Rajneesh, Principal Secretary of the department, has proposed that students applying for RTE quota seats should first be admitted to government or aided schools in the neighbourhood. If there is no government or aided school in the vicinity, only then should they be allotted seats in private schools.

In her proposal made on January 6, she said the move would help the State government save crores of rupees, and address the problem of dwindling student strength in government schools. According to the prevailing practice, ‘neighbourhood’ is a revenue village in rural area, a ward in city corporation limits, and the entire jurisdiction in cases of urban local bodies.

Department sources said the idea was mooted along the lines of the Kerala model. However, many officials said this would be a severe blow to RTE quota in Karnataka. “Every ward in Bengaluru has a government and an aided school. If this rule comes into force, the chances of a child getting admission under RTE quota in a private school is ruled out,” an official said.

The sources said these changes could be implemented only after the State Cabinet approves them.

When contacted, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Tanveer Sait said he was yet to look into the proposal. “Ensuring that students get admission under the RTE quota in private schools is the commitment of the government. We will ensure that the interests of parents and students are protected,” he said.

Parents, private schools criticise move

The proposal by the Department of Primary and Secondary Education to tweak the RTE admission criteria has been criticised by parents, parents’ associations as well as private school managements who feel that the move would “dilute” the provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

They said the government should not make changes without consulting all stakeholders. Parents who want their children to study in schools where the medium of instruction is English have raised concerns that this may not be possible if the proposal is implemented.

An auto driver, whose daughter is studying in class three in a private school under the RTE quota and who plans to enrol his son in the 2018–19 academic year, said, “Even though there are government and aided schools in my neighbourhood, I still prefer to admit my child in a private school because the school offers English as the medium of instruction in primary classes.”

Noting that the existing system benefited lakhs of students, B.N. Yogananda, general secretary of the RTE Students and Parents Association, said groups would work towards ensuring that it continues.

“If the new proposal of the department is implemented, the concept of social justice and social inclusion will have no meaning in the education sector,” he said.

Some experts, however, are in favour of the move and feel that it would give a boost to government schools. V.P. Niranjan Aradhya, fellow at the Centre for Child and the Law, National Law School of India University, said it would fulfil the primary obligation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act. The aim of the Act is to ensure that the onus of educating children between the ages of 6 to 14 falls on the State government.

“People, however, are concerned about the quality of education in government schools and there is a need for the State government to address the issue by fulfilling the norms and standards specified in the Act,” he said.

Source: The Hindu

Karnataka: RTE reservation likely to be extended to aided schools

Parents hoping to get a seat for their children under the RTE quota for the 2018–19 academic year have reason to cheer as the number of schools they can choose from is set to expand.

With the aim of improving the efficacy of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, the State government is planning to ensure that aided schools too start reserving seats for students from weaker sections in the neighbourhood. “We are in the process of maoking changes to ensure that scope of the RTE Act is extended to aided institutions and we will ensure that the right beneficiaries are selected,” said Primary and Secondary Education Minister Tanveer Sait. As per Section 12 (1) (b) of the RTE Act, aided schools shall provide free and compulsory elementary education to such proportion of children admitted based on the annual recurring aid or grants so received bears their annual recurring expenses, subject to a minimum of 25%.

Souce: The Hindu

Bengaluru | State asks CBSE to cancel affiliation of 6 NPS schools

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to withdraw the affiliation of six schools run by the National Public School group in Bengaluru and Mysuru.

The request was made after it was found that the group produced “fake”minority status documents to avoid giving up 25% seats under the Right To Education (RTE) Act. The DPI sent the request last week.

Six schools in trouble

The six schools that will be in trouble in case the CBSE decides to honour the Department of Public Instruction’s request are National Public Schools in Rajajinagar, Indiranagar, Koramangala, HSR Layout, Mysuru and the NationalAcademy for Learning, Basaveshwara Nagar, Bengaluru.

A month ago, the Department of Public Instruction had directed filing of criminal complaints against the six schools when the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions pointed out that the group had produced fake documents.

Source : Deccan Herald

Shivamogga | Govt schools facing student shortage due to RTE: MLA

Shivamogga: JDS MLA YSV Datta said implementation of Right to Education (RTE) Act in Karnataka has pushed many government schools on the verge of closure.

Speaking at a programme of Private School Teacher’s Forum at Shivamogga on Tuesday, Datta, said the state government has been paying around Rs 500 crores to private schools every year for admitting students under RTE quota. This has led to the shortage of student s in government schools. Several states have not implemented the Act to protect government schools there, but in Karnataka, the situation is completely opposite, Datta said urging the government to reconsider its stand on RTE. He also urged the government to review its faulty rules framed for regulating private educational institutions.

Source : The Times of India

Karnataka | Consider plea to hike RTE fee reimbursement, says High Court

The High Court on Wednesday directed the principal secretary, department of primary and secondary education to consider the representation of Associated Managements of Government Recognised English Medium Schools in Karnataka within six weeks.

Justice Aravind Kumar partly allowed the petition filed by KAMS, which had sought directions to revise the reimbursement of fees of children admitted to private schools under the 25% of the seats reserved under the Right to Education Act, 2009.

The petitioner had contended that the government has implemented a new pay scale in 2012 for the staff of the government and aided institutions and till date increase the dearness allowance by 32.5%. The government is using different yardstick while dealing with aided and unaided schools and has not increased the reimbursement amount since 2012, the petitioner’s advocate G R Mohan argued.

The petitioner has contended the state government has chosen not to revise the reimbursement of fees for students who are admitted in private unaided non-minority schools under the RTE quota. The state government has fixed an annual fees of Rs 5,924 for pre-primary and Rs 11,848 for Class I.

The bench directed the department to consider the representation in view of Section 12(2) of the RTE Act, 2009 and Rule 8(1) of the Karnataka RTE Rules, 2012, which talks about reimbursement of amount for children studying under RTE.

Source : Deccan Herald

Kolar | Only 627 seats filled under RTE in Kolar

The admission process under the Right to Education Act (RTE) has made slow progress in Kolar district with only 627 children, out of 2926 seats reserved, getting admitted to schools. It comes to around only 20 per cent.

The admission process which began on May 10 will continue till May 23. There are 278 private schools to which students can get admissions under RTE quota.

Of the 627 children admitted so far, 161 belonged to Scheduled Caste and 27 to Scheduled Tribe. 457 students belonged to Other Backward Classes. Two children with disabilities also got admission.


A circular issued by the State government has been attributed as the reason for the confusion and tardy progress in the admission process. “The seats which were granted to children based on the applications submitted by their parents to the schools which do not come under the jurisdiction of their respective wards or villages should be cancelled” is the instruction contained in the circular.

This has resulted in confusion both to the parents and officials of the Education Department. It also caused verbal duels between the parents and authorities. The parents even staged protests in front of DDPI and BEO offices.

While parents argue that their wards should be given admission in the selected schools, the officials say they have to abide by the directions of the government.

“Giving preference to the local students was the intention of the government”, RTE district nodal officer C.R. Ashok said. There is no meaning in protests by parents without understanding this, he said.

Source : The Hindu