Goa | ‘Only 6% poor kids get private schooling’

Panaji: For a child from a poor family, who wants to study in a private school, Goa is among 11 states that offers one of the worst chances at making it through.

Section 12(1)(c) of the Right to Education Act made it necessary that private schools reserve 25% of their seats for children from economically backward sections. According to a 2015 assessment on implementation of this provision by researchers from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, only 5.88% or 8 of 136 private schools in Goa have admitted atleast one student under this section.

Goa’s average is nowhere close to the national average of 21%.

In 2014-15, though there were 1,771 seats available in Goa under Section 12(1)(c) of the RTE, only 32 of these were filled.

Going by the findings of the report titled ‘State of the Nation-RTE Section 12(1)(c), it is not the private schools in Goa that are to be blamed for not welcoming children from poor families, but the state administration that is at fault.

IIM researchers, who carried out the study for the group Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, evaluated states on whether they met 21 criteria to make it easy for children from poor families to claim the researved seats in private schools. Goa was marked in red on most of the criteria.

Source : The Times of India

Pune | RTE pupils can now hope for better schools

Pune: Students unhappy with the school allotted to them under the Right to Education (RTE) Act can participate in the next round of admissions as part of a betterment scheme.

The betterment option, usually available to students seeking admissions to first year junior college, has now been introduced for admissions to the 25% seats reserved under the RTE Act.

Dinkar Temkar, deputy director of education, Pune region, said, “If students fail to take admission in the first round for some reason, seats have been filled up in the school allotted or students are caused inconvenience, they can opt for the betterment option. They can continue to stay in the admissions process to find a better option.”
 Meanwhile, as many as 2,000 parents in the city are yet to receive a notification regarding allotment of school for their children. A total of 781 schools have been eligible for RTE admissions this year. The education office has declared three admission rounds so far. In the third round declared on July 5, as many as 2,298 students were allotted seats.


Mumbai | Mumbai RTE draw: Only 72 admissions after 2nd round

A WEEK after the second lottery was drawn for admission to schools through the Right to Education (RTE) Act, only 72 students have taken admissions so far.

A total of 2,192 seats were allotted to 1,618 students in the second lottery but the turnout for admissions has been very low. In state board schools, 1,211 students were allotted seats and 407 students in other board schools. While 63 students have been admitted to state board schools, only nine have sought admission to schools of other boards.

Officials from the education department of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said so few students had approached because the schools had been shut last week for Eid.

The last date for approaching schools for admissions has been extended from July 15 to 16.

“If required, we will extend the deadline further,” said an official from the BMC education department.

Parents had been waiting for the second round of lottery. After the first round, of the 3,411 students allotted seats, 2,041 turned up for admissions. Apart from 243 students rejected by schools, the rest had expected to be allotted a school of higher preference in the second round.

Source : The Indian Express

Indore | RTE Admission Underway In Private Schools

The admission process of private schools in Indore is underway under the Right to Education (RTE) quota. Started on 23rd June, this process will continue till 30th June and the final seat allocation will be declared on July 7.
Under this RTE act, the right to education for all has been illustrated and also there is a reservation of 25% seats for students who belong weaker sections of the society. Thus, making a great opportunity for students to take education from private schools where fees are very high as compared to government schools.

Earlier, this admission process has been reported undergone through a wrong process. This year, for the transparency, the government decided to make the application process online. To aid this process, National Informatics Centre (NIC) has tied up with school education department to provide RTE admission portal.

For the convenience of those parents who are not comfortable with the online process, they can fill the downloaded form manually and submit to the nearest school and Block Resource Coordinator.

This year the number of registered schools under RTE has come down. Last year around 2500 schools registered under this Act. It has been reported that many schools didn’t register under RTE due to specific reasons. Also, it seems that the number of seats will also go down this year as last year only around 23% seats got filled while previous year more school participated.

The reason for this low number is assumed as a lack of awareness in rural areas. In rural areas, people are not aware of the law. Also, in urban areas people prefer to send their ward to CBSE affiliated schools over state board affiliated school.

Source : Examswatch

Nagpur | July 1 last day for round 2 of RTE admissions

Nagpur: The education department has declared that students selected for free admissions under round two of Right To Education (RTE) lottery will have to complete the admission process by July 1. Till date 3,522 students have taken admissions in Nagpur district under RTE, according to education official Premchand Raut.

With admissions in July and possibility of a third round of RTE that could delay admissions further, the schools are unhappy. Rajendra Dayma, founder president of Independent English Schools Association (IESA) said, “The government should take stern actions to renew the admission process. The lottery system has resulted in delayed intake of students when the schools have already started. It becomes problematic for teachers to teach all the students at one level. Students who join in June are more acquainted with the subject than the students who join later. This creates a gap in the system, leading to dropouts. Attempts have been made to convince the government to finish admission procedure early. The procedure should get over by the month of May.”

Sanjay Tayde-Patil, founder president of Maharashtra English School Trustees Association, said, “RTE act is not applicable to students from minority schools. Hence parents are coerced into filling the names of reputed schools in order to get free education. This results in accumulation of applicants in reputed schools whereas seats in minority schools remain empty. The government should ensure admission to students in schools which are located 1- 2km away from their homes instead. There is a lack of reimbursement provided for the education under this act which is becoming a hurdle in its successful implementation.” Anil Asalkar, a senior academician said, “The implementation of the RTE lottery system should be quick. The admission procedures should get over by June first week. Once the student is allotted a school, they shouldn’t be reallocated schools. New students and leftover crowd should be considered for the vacant seats.” Amit Yenurkar from Sancheti Public School said, “The process initiated by RTE is very transparent. It is being conducted on a very large scale; hence the delay in admissions is bound to happen. Loss of studies can be compensated through remedial classes. The system has massively improved as compared to last year, and it is producing positive results”.

Source : The Times of India

Mumbai | Private school will not provide free of cost education under RTE act!

Mumbai: While a few schools have refused to give entry to children seeking admission through the Right to Education (RTE) Act citing various reasons, many private schools who have given admission to children have refused to provide books and uniforms to them free of cost.

As many as 33 schools in the city were sent notices from the BMC’s education department for collecting fees after giving admission or compelling students to buy books, uniforms and other stationery items from the school on a charge and some for denial of admission itself.

A hearing with education officials was conducted on Wednesday of schools which were charging fees of various kinds or refusing to provide books and uniforms free of cost. It was attended by 20 of these schools, while some school representatives remained absent.

“Schools have complained that while they can provide admission under RTE, it is not financially viable for them to give books, uniforms and other items to children free of cost,” said an official. “They say they have activities such as field trips, for which they cannot charge RTE students, at the same time they cannot discriminate and must include these children in such activities,” the official added.

The reimbursement that schools are supposed to receive from the government for RTE admissions has not reached them for the past two years. The government reimburses schools for only tuition fees, that is, a maximum of Rs. 14,000 per child per annum.

While the RTE Act is unclear on the matter of schools having to give free books, uniform, etc, a 2014 circular issued by the education secretary (primary) of the state makes it clear that schools must provide these items to children seeking admission under the RTE Act, free of cost.

The circular states that parents should not be charged any kind of fee, including for these items. It further says that parents should also not be asked to buy these items from outside and if parents have made any such expense, then the school should reimburse them for it.

Department officials have asked schools to make a written representation regarding their issues. This will be sent to the deputy director of education. “Till there is a decision on the matter from the deputy director, we have asked schools to keep the matter on hold,” said an official.

On Thursday, there will be a hearing of six schools against which there are complaints of denying admission to students under the RTE Act.

Source : The Free Press Journal 

Mumbai | Mumbai Schools deny RTE admissions to under privileged children

Parents run from pillar to post as schools deny RTE admissions to under privileged children 

Mumbai: Schools have reopened for the new academic year but till date only 1,946 students of the 6,049 students whose applications had been confirmed for admissions through the Right to Education(RTE) Act this year, are in school now.

At the education officers’ office in Prabhadevi, there is a crowd of parents. Most of them Muslim, they have come from far and near in spite of their roza, for a 12 pm meeting with the deputy education officer. It is 4 pm and they are still waiting.

“The official was not here when we came, we were told he had another meeting,” said a parent whose child was denied admission by a school, though the school had been allotted to the child through the RTE process. MaltiJayant Dalal School in Juhu is denying admission to all the students who were allotted admission in the school this year. “They say they have a minority certificate, but when we ask them to show it, they don’t show,” said a parent. Minority schools do not have to give admissions under RTE. The school had registered for granting admissions under RTE and did not have a minority status at the time, said an official.

Similarly, St. Joseph School, Malad which had filled in an RTE intake capacity of 80 students for Std. I has admitted only five students under RTE this year. “The schools had given RTE admissions for its Pre-KG level already. It has made a mistake of putting all 25% seats of Std. I for RTE admissions, but that is not our mistake,” said an official of the BMC education division. “Now, all the seats that they had declared available have got allotted, but the school is denying admissions,” he said.

“The schools tell us we live in slums, that we should go to municipality schools,” said Sameer Sheikh, a parent, who is seeking admission for his child in Std. I.

“We will be issuing notices to 33 schools against which we have received various complaints. We have also called a hearing for the two schools which have denied admissions, on Thursday,” said Prakash  Charhate, Deputy Education Officer.

Some schools have denied admissions to children because the income certificates their parents provided were bogus. Though the schools were asked by the deputy director, education to give a chance to these parents to provide proper certificates, some of these schools have filed an FIR against the parents.  The education department has also received complaints of schools that were demanding tuition fee from students who were admitted through RTE. Of the three rounds that take place under RTE admission process, only one round has taken place till date, the round two is expected to start by June 30, said an official.

Source : The Free Press Journal

Nashik | 188 seats under RTE vacant in city schools

Nashik: City schools have the maximum number of vacant seats, as many as 188 of them, across the district under the 25% reservation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

Unless these seats are filled, the education department cannot move on with round II of the admission process.

As many as 1,761 children have been given admission in schools in the district as per the scheme. The total number of vacant seats now stands at 207, of which, 188 seats are from Nashik city alone.

The deadline for giving admissions was last extended from May 15 to May 20. But the schools were permitted to continue with the process till the number of vacant seats was reduced to zero.

Admissions are being given under the draw of lots. The education department has extended the deadline four times in order to accommodate maximum students under RTE. In the entire district, 5,585 forms were filled for 5,900 seats.

“In the first lot, 1,761 admissions have been confirmed in the district, 207 are remaining and 394 have not approached. Out of the 207 seats remaining, 188 are from Nashik city alone. We wrote to the administrative officer of the Nashik Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) education department. He was to conduct meeting of all the headmistresses and ask them to give the admissions. Unless all the seats are filled, we cannot conduct the second round. The process has been delayed due to the city schools,” said extension officer of the zilla parishad’s education department Dhananjay Koli.

An officer of the NMC’s education department said that the administrative officer had conducted the meeting after issuing notices to schools.

“The schools were asked to give admission and many schools are complying,” said the education officer.
 He said that after the first round is completed, the second round will begin and it is only after that the number of vacancies can be gauged.
“Our attempt is to admit maximum students in schools,” he added.

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Activists question tardy process as 10,000 seats still vacant

Pune: For the third year in a row, several beneficiaries of the Right to Education (RTE) Act from Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad will get to join school much later than the official date.

Though the new academic year kicked off on Wednesday, nearly two thirds of the seats reserved in schools under the act remain vacant. At the end of the first round that lasted for almost a month, the RTE admissions committee – headed by the Pune zilla parishad education officer – could fill up only 6,000 of the total 16,000 seats available in 781 schools.

A second round of admissions will be conducted from June 20.

Education experts and activists have criticized the authorities for once again failing to admit students to schools on time.

“It’s frustrating, the way the admission process is moving forward. Year after year, the same issues keep cropping up. There is no forward movement even in the fifth year of admissions and third year of centralized online admissions. The authorities have used the ‘teething troubles’ excuse far too long,” activist Maitreyee Shankar of the Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat said.

She emphasized the need to ensure quick redressal of grievances and a clear defined process for parents to raise their complaints.

“Violations are not being addressed and parents have nowhere to go. Help centres should remain functional till the time the admission process is completed and not just while applications are being filled. The schedule for meetings of the admission committees should be put up on the site and the minutes of the meetings should also be made public,” Shankar added.

On Thursday night, some parents received text messages about the selections. The admission website put up updates about the second round late on Friday. Of the 17,000-odd applications, only 7,900 children have received allotments in the first round and many more are still waiting. Parents said the education office has provided no clear intimation about the timeline of the admissions procedure.

Activists have also complained that schools continue to charge the beneficiaries for books, uniforms and other material and deny them admissions if these expenses are not covered. An activist of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) said the actual number of seats available in Pune was also in doubt as many schools have filled the data voluntarily and still deny admissions.

 AAP spokesperson Mukund Kirdat said, “Many schools must have misguided the officials about the number of seats available, mainly at pre-primary level. One reason behind this failure is the disparity and social attitude towards parents from the weaker section (of society). Another reason is the reimbursement issue. Schools are eligible for reimbursement (for expenses incurred on beneficiaries) as per the RTE Act. The act has clearly stated the months of instalments. If this is a genuine issue faced by schools, they must approach the education minister and court instead of denying admissions to children belonging to economically weaker sections.”
AAP members predicted that the total number of admissions in Pune may not go beyond 8,500 and said the failure was a combined responsibility of the education department, local bodies and unaided schools.

Dhananjay Pardeshi, assistant education officer at the civic education board handling RTE admissions, said, “In the first round, we have achieved a good number of admissions as compared to last year. There are a few complaints here and there, but we are trying to resolve all the complaints and get admissions done. We will also look into schools that are denying children admissions.”

 Under RTE Act, 25 per cent seats in entry level classes (Standard I or pre-primary) of all unaided schools must be kept reserved for students from backward classes of society.

Pune | 2nd draw of lottery for RTE seats 4,771 get allotments for Pune District

The second draw of lottery for the 25 per cent admissions reserved for economically weaker students under the Right to Education (RTE) Act took place on Thursday, but it took another day for the education officials to receive the final numbers of allotments from the National Informatics Centre.

Musthaq Shaikh, primary education officer of Zilla Parishad, said the draw of seats was conducted online and parents started receiving SMS alerts about the admissions from Thursday evening.

“There are a total of 16,894 seats available for RTE quota admissions across the 780 schools in Pune district, this year. Of these, 6,144 allotments were already done after the first round. There were 10,750 seats available for the second round, out of which 4,771 allotments have been completed. Parents started receiving SMSs from Thursday evening on whether their children were allotted seats. Once the SMS is received, parents will have to go to the allotted school to confirm admissions,” said Shaikh.

He added that 264 schools had received zero applications, this round. This year, over 18,500 applications were received for the 16,894 seats in Pune, he said.

A six-day period from June 17 to June 23 has been allotted for parents to visit schools to confirm admissions. “The parents can go to the school with the SMS and all the documents that they had submitted after filling the online form. They need not pay any money to confirm the admissions,” said Shaikh.

He added that after June 23, schools would be given at least 2-3 days to update the data on confirmed seats. “By June 25, the date for third round of admissions will be declared and we will try to finish off the process by the first week of July, so students do not face any academic losses,” added Shaikh.

Source : The Indian Express