MUMBAI: The deadline for the quota seats under the Right to Education (RTE) Act has been extended till March 23. The civic body has granted extra time following reports of glitches during the online admission.
The BMC, which conducts the enrolment, had received only 3,426 applications for over 6,000 seats until 6pm on Wednesday. A total of 440 applications had been rejected as they were found ineligible. The civic body will conduct an online lottery for eligible applicants on March 25.
“We have spent over Rs 20 lakh on publicity, but despite that the response has been poor. Hence we decided to extend the deadline. However, it looks like there is preference for a few select schools,” said a senior BMC official. Last year, the BMC had received around 3,500 applications for 8,223 seats.
“The website is slow and does not work on occasions. This time, the BMC is going to conduct only one round of applications so they must give additional days to fill up forms,” said Sudhir Paranjape of Anudanit Shiksha Bachao Samiti.
Source: Times of India