A WEEK after the second lottery was drawn for admission to schools through the Right to Education (RTE) Act, only 72 students have taken admissions so far.
A total of 2,192 seats were allotted to 1,618 students in the second lottery but the turnout for admissions has been very low. In state board schools, 1,211 students were allotted seats and 407 students in other board schools. While 63 students have been admitted to state board schools, only nine have sought admission to schools of other boards.
Officials from the education department of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said so few students had approached because the schools had been shut last week for Eid.
The last date for approaching schools for admissions has been extended from July 15 to 16.
“If required, we will extend the deadline further,” said an official from the BMC education department.
Parents had been waiting for the second round of lottery. After the first round, of the 3,411 students allotted seats, 2,041 turned up for admissions. Apart from 243 students rejected by schools, the rest had expected to be allotted a school of higher preference in the second round.
Source : The Indian Express