Mumbai | No staff at RTE help centres, allege parents

MUMBAI: Despite a week into the process, the online admission system for school seats reserved under the Right to Education Act is yet to be streamlined.

Several parents and activists complained that BMC help centres had no staff to assist them in filling forms on Tuesday. “Parents went to a help centre in Chembur but got no help in filling of forms as the person in-charge had not reported to work,” said Sudhir Paranjpe of Anudanit Shiksha Bachao Andolan, an NGO.

But BMC officials claimed that all the civic centres were functioning and that they had successfully completed 977 applications until Tuesday. “Parents are taking help from NGOs instead of directly going to the help centres. Hence, they are being misguided,” said an official.

The parents also alleged that they were not being told the reason in case of rejections. But civic officials said that the reasons were being mentioned in a column that the parents could access after logging in on the website. RTE quota applications will be accepted till March 18.

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