Madurai | RTE seats remain vacant, education officials blame parents

Madurai: The district educational authorities, who are struggling to fill the seats allotted under Right to Education (RTE) Act, said lack of cooperation from the parents was the reason they found it difficult to fill up seats.

The Act mandates that private matriculation schools have to allocate 25% of their seats at the entry-level classes to poor students. The students’ fees will be reimbursed by the government. There are a total of 10,260 seats in private matriculation schools for entry-level classes like LKG and Class 6. Of this, 2,617 seats have been reserved under RTE in the district.

While last year they had managed to touch 70%, officials had vowed to fill at least 90% of the seats this year. But so far, they have filled up just around 67% of the seats.

At present, hardly two or three students are admitted per week as parents have concluded their wards’ admission processes. “There are more than 850 seats lying vacant in the schools now but no takers. We managed to make almost all the schools to surrender the seats, but we find it hard to mobilise the parents,” said an official from Inspector of Matriculation Schools Office, Madurai district.

“I believe that anything more than 75% would not be an achievable target in the future also. Parents do not want their wards to study in an average private school. They either prefer reputed private schools or are happy with government schools,” another official said.

Source: The Times of India

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