Maharashtra | More than 80 schools in Kolhapur city to conduct RTE admissions online

KOLHAPUR: Over 80 private schools in the city will carry out their RTE quota admissions online this year. The online admission system will be restricted to private schools within the corporation’s jurisdiction only, said district primary education officer Smita Gaud. There are 69 government aided and 24 unaided private schools in the city.

Over 80 private schools from the city will organise the online admission system of Right to Education (RTE) 25% quota admissions this year. The directorate of primary education has confirmed that Kolhapur will be included in the online admission system this year.

Smita Gaud, district primary education officer, who earlier this month while speaking to TOI had expressed implementation of online RTE admission at the Kolhapur district, said that currently the admission system will be restricted for private schools within corporation limits only.

It has to be noted that the Kolhapur city has as many as 69 government aided private schools and 24 un-aided private schools.

An official from the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation’s (KMC) education department told TOI that a circular has been prepared and has been sent to the respective schools about the admission procedure. 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 receive free education, textbooks, and other facilities.

It has to be noted that the School Education Department had implemented Centralized Online admission process for RTE on an experimental procedure in Pune and Mumbai divisions, which was reported to be successful and the education department had planned to replicate the same model across the state from 2015-16 academic year.

In fact, S Chockalingam, the former education commissioner who has now been transferred to Pune as divisional commissioner, had said during his visit to Kolhapur last year that the admission process to primary school under 25% Right to Education (RTE) quota would be made online at all municipal corporations and that a simultaneous admission schedule will be launched across the state.

As of now schools run by government, local self-governing bodies or those private schools which receive salary and non-salary grant in aide from the government are bound by the statutory provision of reserving 52% of their total sanctioned intake. This includes seats for Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Vimukta Jamati (denotified tribes), Notified Tribes, Other Backward Classes and special backward classes.

In the year 2013-14, more than 50% reserved RTE seats had remained vacant in the district, after which the Kolhapur ZP had asked the district schools to take a survey in one km radius of their school premises to identify any RTE beneficiaries. While in 2014-15 admission rate has improved slightly with district generating 55% admission rate through conventional admission system.

Source: Times of India

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