Mumbai: Over 71% or 22,406 students are still waiting for admissions under the 25% Right To Education quota across Maharashtra for the 2015-16 academic year to pre-primary and Class 1, the state government on Wednesday informed the Bombay high court. What does not help is the fact that of the students allotted seats, around 3,455 have been rejected by the schools, while 537 schools simply refused to admit students recommended by the state. The statistics collected by the state education department were submitted as part of an affidavit by assistant government pleader Nitin Deshpande.
Hearing a bunch of petitions on RTE admissions, a division bench of Justice Anoop Mohta and Justice Vijay Achliya asked the state to clarify its position on an April 30 government resolution that withdrew an earlier rule about entry levels for the reserved seats. The petitions have been filed by private schools challenging rules laid down by the government, while NGOs have in their pleas sought a proper implementation of the law.
Under the RTE, around 25% of seats in private schools are reserved for children from the economically weak section. Kids admitted under the RTE quota are provided free education from pre-primary to class VIII.
As per the data provided by the state, in 13 districts, including Mumbai and Thane, around 31,205 applications were verified for admissions to pre-primary and Class 1 in the RTE quota. Of these only 8,799 students were actually admitted in schools as of July 21, 2015.
Deshpande also told the HC that some schools had filled the RTE seats with students from the open category. The schools contested the rules that required them to reserve 25% seats at two entry levels – pre-primary and Class 1. The state said there were two levels of entry only in case of schools which had a higher number of seats in Class 1 than in pre-primary. Senior advocate Mihir Desai, counsel for some NGO petitioners, said the two levels of entry were necessary to ensure that the 25% RTE seats were maintained.
Source: The Times of India