Maharashtra | Nagpur may have partial offline RTE admissions

NAGPUR: The much touted online admission process for Right To Education (RTE) Act’s 25% free quota has run into insurmountable technical issues, forcing officials to ready a Plan B. Sources confirmed that a backup plan was being prepared that envisaged conducting offline RTE admissions for some schools.

An employee of the department told TOI it was taking two to three hours for schools to complete registration. There are about 450 schools in city that need to register by Thursday but less than 300 have completed the process. Since it is impossible for over 100 schools to register in a single day, the education department is left with just two options – first is to extend the schools’ registration deadline or to conduct admissions offline for the remaining schools.

“Extending deadline may not serve any purpose because thee is no guarantee that those who could not register since Feb 16 (when the process started) will be able to do it later. If we do extend the date then the second phase, where parents start applying online, gets delayed further. So we are seriously thinking of just going with a partial offline admission process. There will be only handful of schools where the demand is less anyway,” the official said.

The technical issues range from schools’ login ID and passwords not matching, to server getting overloaded to improper data entry. Schools have to pinpoint their location on a Google map and even such an easy task is like a ‘mission impossible’ for some. Another employee said, “A school located on the fringes of west Nagpur was unable to register on Google map. Though the school was able to identify the area, we needed an exact location and even on Google maps it was not showing at all. Similar cases abound and we think this is heading towards a major fiasco.”

The department has already braced for the fact that parents will hound them once the admission process starts. “Parents will also face similar technical issues and it becomes very hard to explain things to them. Media will get a lot of fodder as irate parents will be venting their anger on us,” said the source.

Education ministry’s last moment decision to conduct the admissions online has clearly backfired. An academician said, “These things should have been started six months ago and here they tell six days in advance. Poor planning and even worse implementation is the hallmark of the education department, so I am not surprised at all.”

Source: Times of India

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