Pune | Activists complain RTE admissions not on right track

Pune: Yet another delay in effecting the Right to Education (RTE) admissions for 25% reserved seats has made the activists wary of the outcome this season which begins in June.

 The education department, on its part, claimed the admission procedure would be carried out smoothly.

 Activists say the lottery, which is to be held in March, will be too late for children belonging to the disadvantaged category to get admission in schools because there is a possibility their name does not come up in the lucky draw. Many unaided schools end the admissions to remaining 75% seats by March. The activists have sought strict punishment for school managements that refuse to fulfill RTE admissions.
“Most reputed unaided schools in the city will complete their admission process by the end of this month. Many parents are in a dilemma. They don’t know if they should seek admission by regular mode or should they wait for the admissions through RTE’s online procedure to start. The problem is that if the parents wait for the RTE procedure to get over, it is possible their ward’s name may not come up in the draw. In that case, the child stands to miss out on one academic year. But the parents also cannot take admissions now because non-refundable fee for the year has to be paid up front in many schools,” said Mukund Kirdat, an RTE activist.
Activists have also sought grievance redressal systems at ward level so that parents do not have to go to zilla parishad or the municipal corporation’s education department for addressing their grievances. Accepting their demand, Ramchandra Jadhav, deputy director Pune division, said, “We have decided to make the assistant administrative officer in every ward the grievance redressal officer. He or she will be given three days time to look into the complaint and come up with a solution. If the assistant administrative officer is unable to do so, he will have to report it to the education officer at the Zilla Parishad or the corporation. Parents should approach the deputy director office only if both these officials fail to solve their problem. Parents should use the toll free education helpline number 18002331899.”

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