Rajasthan | 2.5 lakh seats under the Act in 33,500 private schools across the state under RTE

JAIPUR: The admissions for the 25% reserved seats under Right to Education Act-2009 for economically weaker sections (EWS) has already begun in the state. The state has formed a centralized admission process for estimated 2.5 lakh seats under the Act in 33,500 private schools across the state. The online form is available on www.rte.raj.nic.in

The norm says that beneficiaries (parents or guardians) can apply online and offline forms for admissions and can choose up to 10 schools of their choice in the form. The list of successful candidates will be decided by the government through lottery. The last date for the offline forms is March 21 and online is March 25. The offline forms are for those parents who cannot access the Internet. They can download the forms or collect from the school and submit to any of the schools. These schools have to submit them online.

Many schools are expressing ignorance over the admission process initiated by the state for economically weaker sections. While others are not accepting offline forms stating that they have filled the RTE quota during their admission process. “Many schools are not accepting my form. They are saying that they have already admitted students under this quota,” said Arvind Sharma, a parent, who is seeking admission under this scheme.

Rajasthan education department emerged as the best performing state in the country with 72% admissions of the total eligible seats in academic session 2013-14. Last year, they received 2.45 lakh forms and admitted over 1.97 lakh students including 30,000 in Jaipur. This year, the government officials are targeting admission of 2.5 lakh students under this scheme.

“Parents who find schools not cooperating with them can complaint to the district education officer at Shiksha Sankul in Jaipur and respective district education officers,” said Satyendra Singh, assistant director, Shiksha Sankul. He also advised parents to keep their documents ready which will be required after admission which include one income certificate, residence proof and date of birth certificate, at a time of admissions. Many other schools which have not started with the admissions, prefer silence over the implementation. The elite schools are giving excuses that by giving 25% seats to economically weaker sections, they have to pass the 100% expenses on the 75% students admitted under non-reserved category.

Source: Times of India

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