Nagpur: Some unscrupulous parents trying to gain unfair advantage in lottery for admissions under free quota of Right To Education (RTE) Act quota, by submitting their child’s name more than once, have now held the entire process to ransom. The education department has found that around 300 forms submitted online in Nagpur district are ‘double and even tripple entries’, something which is not allowed. Officials say submitting forms more than once is a deliberate act, since the online software allows only one mobile number to be registered per application.
Anil Pardhi, deputy director of education (Nagpur division) said, “We were informed by the Pune office about this problem, and it is extremely unfortunate that some people have resorted to these tactics. Now the process of weeding out these forms will begin but we will give benefit of doubt to everyone and help them correct this error.” Pardhi’s department has now given such parents till Friday to inform the education office which one of their applications form they would want to be kept in the lottery pool. A media statement issued by the Nagpur District Education Office (Primary) said that if parents do not approach education officials, then only the last form submitted by them will be deemed as valid.
This 48-hour delay in the lottery process will not amount to much the scheme of things as the department is ready with all other data. Since entire application process this year was online there is no requirement of manual entry, as was the case earlier. But this ‘double entry’ submissions has now raised another issue which will have to be tackled at the software development level itself.
An education officer said, “Some parents probably think that submitting the form more than once increases the chances of their child getting admission. But just submitting the form is not the end of the process, scrutiny does happen before the lottery is done.”
Shahid Sharif, chairman of NGO RTE Action Committee said, “The plan was to conduct the lottery before the weekend, but now that it impossible. I hope that no further issues come and that admission process starts on time.”
Source : The Times of India