MUMBAI: The BMC is expected to request the state government to allow it to receive more applications for seats reserved under the Right to Education Act.
The civic body recently conducted a lottery for allotment of seats to 4,089 applicants. However, there are 11,837 seats available under the quota. “This time, we had publicized the process extensively and tried to reach out to as many eligible families as possible. But yet, there are no takers for so many seats. We will request the state to allow us to accept forms from those who still wish to apply,” said a senior BMC official. A second round of lottery for those who were not allotted a seat in the first draw is also being planned.
The BMC had received several complaints from parents who had failed to submit completed application forms before the deadline. While the BMC blamed parents’ preference for some schools for the lack of applications, activists said the process was cumbersome. “There are no awareness campaigns in slums or targeted areas. The online time-table was announced only a couple of days before the process commenced. Parents find it difficult to collect required documents in such a short time. Help desks are also scattered,” said RTE activist, Avisha Kulkarni.
Source: The Times of India