Maharashtra | Next year onwards, 25% quota admissions to start from December

Pune: With the mayhem that admissions under the Right to Education Act’s 25 per cent quota creates every year in city schools, the primary education department has decided to start the admissions from December for the academic year 2015-16. To make sure that there are no delays, the state will also file a caveat in the High Court, said Mahavir Mane, director, primary education.

“This year, we started our admissions to the 25 per cent quota in April-May. But unfortunately, there was a court case filed by the schools and this led to a lot of delay. What we will do next time is to open admissions for the 25 per cent reserved quota in December itself. This will give us a lot of time to do the entire admission process smoothly,” said Mahavir Mane. As per the Right to Education Act (RTE) of 2009, 25 per cent seats at the entry level (class 1 or pre-primary) in all private unaided non-minority schools should be reserved for students belonging to economically weaker sections of the society.

Purushottam Bhapkar, education commissioner, also confirmed the move. “Next time onwards, we will be planning the admissions to RTE quota well in advance so that even if problems arise, those could be solved smoothly without affecting the admission process,” said Bhapkar. Talking about the caveat move, Mane said, “The whole point by the schools filing suits every year is to disrupt the process of admissions under RTE. Hence we will be filing a caveat in the court to make sure that before any action is taken by the High court, we are informed.”

Mane also said that a review will be taken of all schools registered for online admissions to see how many seats were actually allotted in the 25 per cent quota, how many students got admission through online process and how many seats are vacant in the same quota.

“This will help in understanding if any school has given out the seats reserved under the RTE to students belonging to the general category. This will be considered a violation of the RTE act and appropriate action will be taken by the education department against such schools. We have time and again said that the seats reserved for students belonging to EWS category will not be in any case diverted for regular admissions but will be kept vacant throughout the academic year,” said Mane.

Source: The Indian Express

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