Pune | Application deadline for RTE admissions extended till March 23

PUNE: Students seeking admissions under 25% quota of the Right to Education Act (RTE) can now apply till March 23 instead of March 18, stated the Pune regional directorate of education. The decision comes in the wake of initial delay in starting the admission procedure and technical glitches experienced by parents and education department officials, said Dinkar Temkar, assistant director of primary education. The online exercise began on March 3. Till Wednesday evening, more than 20,766 applications were received from Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad. A total of 11,513 applications have been accepted and confirmed. Temkar said, “Many parents leave the forms incomplete and fill up the data later. That is why one sees such a vast difference in the number of forms received and those accepted and confirmed.” Applicants had a tough time during the online application process which was initially postponed for three days. While the authorities claimed that the website began working only in the evening on day 1, parents complained that it was non-functional. The admissions for children of economically weaker sections under the RTE Act were expected to begin on February 23. But they were postponed for three days and parents were asked to begin applying on the next Friday. Parents complained that the website was not working. Temkar said, “This issue was fixed by the IT experts on the same da .” This year, help centres will be kept open even during weekends so that parents, who cannot take leave even for a day, can avail of the facility on holidays. Temkar added, “Different age groups pose a challenge. Uniform age across boards will be applicable from next year. This year, we have asked all schools to specify age limit while they register names of students in the software.” For admissions under RTE, login to rte25admission.maharashtra.gov.in

Source: Times of India

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