Setting the ball rolling for online admissions for the 25% quota under Right To Education Act, the state primary education department on Saturday announced the process for this year. In the first phase, unaided schools will need to register themselves, which will be followed by students applying to schools of their choice. The government claims to have fixed the bugs that had marred the process last year.
Under RTE, all schools, barring the exception of those having minority status, have to reserve one-fourth of their seats for underprivileged students from their vicinity. In its bid to ensure better transparency, the government had last year made it mandatory for schools and parents to take the online route.
Addressing mediapersons in Pune, education department officials said schools from across the state will need to upload details such as entry level, age criteria and number of seats available under RTE on www.rte25admission.maharashtra.gov.in between February 16 and February 21. Schools claiming as ‘minority’ will be granted relief only after thorough inspection of their documents, they said.
The portal will allow parents to go for the admission of their wards by filling the online forms from February 23 to March 7.
To check the efficiency of the process, the department has decided to run a pilot project in Nashik and Panvel Taluka where schools will register themselves from February 9 to February 14, while parents will be allowed to do their bit from 16th to 28th of this month.
The RTE online admission process saw 312 schools registering in 2014, of which one was taken off the list after being declared minority. However, chaos prevailed as parents began to fill the admission forms. In several cases, the system did not show all the schools in a particular area. Many schools were shown in wrong places. For instance, a school located in Chembur was shown in Bandra. The map on the system showed a few schools in the Arabian Sea.
Mahavir Mane, director, primary education, assured that parents won’t have go through the ordeal this time. “This time, we have chosen the National Informatics Centre for the RTE process. All schools will be mapped with the help of google and there will be no errors as far as giving the their locations.”
Source: DNA, http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-online-rte-admission-to-start-on-february-23-maharashtra-government-says-it-will-be-smooth-this-time-2059086