Poor response to RTE seats continues in Dakshin Kannada

MANGALURU: Even as the Dakshina Kannada district showed a poor response to the Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act application online, the department chalked out several initiatives to attract parents.

The government has allotted 2,125 seats in LKG and class 1 of unaided schools (except minority schools) for the district under the Act. However, the number of applications is much below expectation. As on February 16, the district has received 2,428 applications from parents, which is very less compared to the statewide response. The number of applications received for RTE seats in the state has crossed 2.5 lakh on Monday.

As the deadline to submit online application (February 19) is nearing, awareness programmes including street plays are being held to make parents opt for seats in unaided schools. The department of public instructions in association with the NSS unit of Govindadas College, Surathkal has launched awareness street plays to promote RTE programme.

In the district, 1,796 seats in Class 1 and 329 seats in LKG in private schools are reserved for the economically weaker section under RTE. As on Monday, the district has received 336 applications for LKG and 2,092 for Class 1. More applications were received for Class 1 from Bantwal and Mangalore North education blocks with 632 and 631 applications respectively. Sullia block recorded the least response – there were only 17 applications for Class 1 seats under RTE. Officials of the district expect more applicat ions in the last three days.

The district had shown lukewarm response to RTE seats in 2014-15 too. While 2,008 seats were reserved under RTE quota, the department could fill only 1,774 seats. The department had reserved 1,8 82 seats in Class 1 of private schools under RTE quota in the previous year, but only 1,657 seats were filled. Meanwhile, out of 126 seats reserved in LKG, only 117 were filled.

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