Nashik | 188 seats under RTE vacant in city schools

Nashik: City schools have the maximum number of vacant seats, as many as 188 of them, across the district under the 25% reservation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

Unless these seats are filled, the education department cannot move on with round II of the admission process.

As many as 1,761 children have been given admission in schools in the district as per the scheme. The total number of vacant seats now stands at 207, of which, 188 seats are from Nashik city alone.

The deadline for giving admissions was last extended from May 15 to May 20. But the schools were permitted to continue with the process till the number of vacant seats was reduced to zero.

Admissions are being given under the draw of lots. The education department has extended the deadline four times in order to accommodate maximum students under RTE. In the entire district, 5,585 forms were filled for 5,900 seats.

“In the first lot, 1,761 admissions have been confirmed in the district, 207 are remaining and 394 have not approached. Out of the 207 seats remaining, 188 are from Nashik city alone. We wrote to the administrative officer of the Nashik Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) education department. He was to conduct meeting of all the headmistresses and ask them to give the admissions. Unless all the seats are filled, we cannot conduct the second round. The process has been delayed due to the city schools,” said extension officer of the zilla parishad’s education department Dhananjay Koli.

An officer of the NMC’s education department said that the administrative officer had conducted the meeting after issuing notices to schools.

“The schools were asked to give admission and many schools are complying,” said the education officer.
 He said that after the first round is completed, the second round will begin and it is only after that the number of vacancies can be gauged.
“Our attempt is to admit maximum students in schools,” he added.

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