Pune | Committee to guide RTE admissions

Pune: The state education department will form a state level co-ordination committee comprising representatives of school management, educationists and government officials to resolve the entry point concerning the 25% reservation quota under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

Despite the high court’s orders, several schools across the state have refused to admit students at the pre-primary and standard I levels.

State education minister Vinod Tawde told TOI on Thursday that the current year has been extremely chaotic for admissions under the RTE Act. “While we had given a choice to schools that they can admit students in standard I, they must reserve 25% seats from the nursery, if this is the entry point. Schools’ representatives went to court which ordered that schools must admit students in both classes. It is now up to them to follow the court’s orders and admit students at both levels.”

Tawde said that in order to avoid a similar situation next year, the education department will identify educationists, school representatives and government officials who would study the present and past situations and formulate guidelines for effective implementation of the act.

“I would like to make any decision only after proper consultation with all the stakeholders. Hence, this panel would be responsible for implementing the RTE admissions next year. It will also be responsible for solutions to other problems in implementing the other provisions of the RTE Act,” said Tawde.

On Tuesday, when schools were told to start admitting students allotted in the first round of the online process of RTE admissions, many refused to admit students at both levels.

Source: The Times of India

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