Mumbai | RTE admissions on hold even as schools reopen

Mumbai: A fortnight after city schools reopened, the online admission process for 25% seats reserved under the Right to Education Act, 2009, continues to be on hold.

Only around 1,400 of the 4,089 applicants have secured admission before BMC disabled the admit tab on the portal. The rest of the applicants were either completing the admission process or waiting for round two of the lottery to be allotted a school.

The Bombay high court, while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) in May had ordered a status quo on a government resolution of April 30 which had allowed schools to cancel pre-primary admissions. However, instead of continuing the admissions as per the old rules, the state asked BMC to put the process on hold. “Even if the court hasn’t stayed admissions, we have put it on hold until there is a decision. If we go by old rules, schools are creating trouble and do not want to admit students,” said Dinkar Temkar, deputy director of the education department.

The BMC, which is the implementing agency for the online process, has requests and complaints from parents. “We have been doing the rounds of schools and the education department since two months. Schools refuse to give admissions and say BMC has asked them to do so,” said the parent of a student who was allotted a seat in a Goregaon school.

The next hearing of the PIL is scheduled on July 9. “We’re only following instructions from the education department. All we can do is to ask parents to wait but they are getting impatient as their children are out of school and it has been two weeks since the academic year has begun,” said a senior BMC official.

Source: The Times of India

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