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