No takers for 1,353 RTE seats this year

Not a single application has been received for as many as 1,353 Right to Education (RTE) seats this time in the state.

The applications for the quota have not been received in 300 schools. According to a list provided by the Department of Public Instruction, 21 schools in Bengaluru (North, South and Rural)  have not received any application. In Kalaburagi, 46 schools received no application and in Bidar, the number was 30.

Out of 2.74 lakh applications that were received by the department, close to 1.3 lakh were rejected for reasons such as providing fake caste certificate and improper documents.
Parents who have applied for seats for their children under the RTE quota have been thronging the office of the commissioner of public instruction, complaining of technical glitches in uploading documents online. One of the major concerns is that of the application being rejected even after entering the right pin code.

Ravi G, a parent who had applied for a seat in a private school in Jakkasandra was unaware of why the application was rejected. However, the officials who verified the documents on Monday found them to be right.

Same is the case with another parent from Gandhinagar who had applied for an RTE seat for his child. His application was rejected despite entering right pin code.

The department of public instruction had tied up with agencies such as the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to ensure that the process was conducted online without glitches. Requests of parents to effect changes in their addresses after applying for seats were also turned down.

N C Yogananda, general secretary, RTE Students and Parents Association, said that with several such genuine cases coming to light, the department should extend the deadline and consider applications of those who have made corrections.

Source : Deccanherald

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