Kolhapur: As many as 223 private primary schools in the district have registered to provide admissions under the Right to Education, said district primary education officer Subhash Chougule on Thursday.
There are 323 private schools in the district which are eligible for admissions under the RTE Act. “If we had gone ahead with the original schedule, the first phase of RTE admissions could have been finished by now. Due to the technical issues, schools which have not yet registered have been told to enter their details at the earliest. The registration of schools was supposed to end on March 9 and parents had been told to fill applications by March 28,” he said, also mentioning that officials have not yet been told when parents can fill the forms.
“The registration of is likely to be over by this weekend,” he said. An official from the same department said there are over 3,000 eligible seats reserved under the RTE for admissions in the district. He said that once the parents submit their applications, the system will choose the closest school depending on the address entered. Admission can only be secured through lottery process for parents have to apply online. Help centres will be set up across the talukas the online application. tnnSattappa Mohite, an education activist, said that the sloppiness in the RTE admission is not new and the administration needs to improve their infrastructure to avoid these things from repeating.
Last year, with more than 40% RTE seats remaining vacant in the district, the Kolhapur zilla parishad asked schools to survey areas in a 1km radius of their premises to identify RTE beneficiaries. The admission process had to be extended till September after the poor response in the district.
With this current process delayed as well, activists say this year will be no exception either.
Under the RTE act, economically and socially disadvantaged children, as well as those with disabilities, can be admitted in Class I or at the pre-primary stage, of private unaided and minority aided schools. These children will receive free education including textbooks, and other facilities.
*February 29 to March 9: Schools start online registration for RTE
*March 10: Technical glitches stops the online registrations
*April 4-7: Schools resume online registrations
*Number of private schools with RTE quota: 323
*Number of seats available: Over 3,000
If we would have stuck with the original schedule, first phase of RTE admissions could have finished by now, however, due to the technical glitches, the schools, which are yet to be finished their details, have been asked to enter at the earliest. The registrations of schools were supposed to end on March 9 and parents were asked to fill in their applications by March 28