BENGALURU: In 30 minutes flat, the department of public instruction (DPI) completed the allotment process for seats under the Right to Education (RTE) quota. By 6pm on Wednesday, parents of the selected children received SMSes informing them of the development. As many as 1.11 lakh seats in private schools were allotted through the online lottery system, which has been implemented for the first time.
In previous years, the process was carried out through a manual lottery system. Details of eligible RTE were jotted down on chits, which were put it in a box. Names were selected through a lucky dip. The practice was time-consuming and often misused by some well-to-do families, who walked away with RTE seats in private schools after producing fake income certificates. The online system aims at checking the malpractice.
Under the new system, the software allots an ID to each applicant. It gives first preference to applicants from families with an annual income of less than Rs 1 lakh, then to those with an income of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh and subsequently to those with income of Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3.5 lakh. For 1,11,329 RTE seats in 11,202 private schools, DPI had received 3.89 lakh applications. The software scrutinized 2.58 lakh valid applications, said primary and secondary education minister Kimmane Ratnakar after launching the system on Wednesday.
Many complaints of favouritism were received after the manual process was conducted last year, the minister pointed out.
The seats were allotted in the presence of Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao, who had earlier taken up suo motu investigation into complaints about wealthy parents grabbing seats meant for poor students. “It’s a good move to ensure transparency. The Lokayukta will continue to monitor the working of the online system,” said Justice Rao.
“About 40% of these seats pertain to schools in Bengaluru. Though many high-profile schools are yet to fall in line because they have challenged the system in the Supreme Court, the overall number of seats has increased by about 20% compared to last year,” Mohammed Mohsin, commissioner of public instructions, told reporters.
Source: Times of India