Mumbai | RTE admissions: Round 2 may fail

Mumbai: With the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) awaiting instructions from the state government to start a second round of admissions for seats reserved under the Right to Education Act, officials fear that most students have moved to other schools and the round may not be useful.

RTE admissions, which began in March, had been stalled for some months after schools and activists moved the Bombay high court due to disagreement on the entry level as prescribed by the state. The HC last week upheld the state government’s rules that specify two entry levels: pre-primary and class 1. “Some weeks back, when the HC asked us to restart admissions pending from round one, we reactivated the website and told parents to approach schools where they were allotted a seat. But only 30 admissions have been done since,” an official said.

Out of 4,104 applicants, 2,849 were allotted seats and around 1,420 were admitted to schools.

The second round was expected to give a chance for the over 1,250 students who were not allotted seats. “It is almost the end of the first semester. The response has been poor when we tried to clear pending admissions from round one. This could be because the children must have joined other schools or parents are not keeping track of the process. We are prepared for the next round but we may not get a good response,” said the official.

Source: The Times of India

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