Rajasthan | Rajasthan education department orders fresh lottery for RTE seats in 14K schools

Jaipur: The state education department on Saturday ordered a fresh round of lottery in 14,000 private schools which didn’t receive a single application seeking admission under the Right to Education Act. TOI had reported that in 14,000 private schools out of total 33, 500 schools in the state did not receive a single application of RTE. The report appeared on May 9 issue, titled ‘Admissions Likely on RTE vacant seats.’

This decision would mean that another 1.5 lakh students will be benefitted under the RTE quota of admissions in private schools. Already, state has admitted over 2.20 lakh students under this act in the academic session 2015-16 in the two-phased admission process, which started in March till April. During this two-phased admission process, TOI reported that 14,000 schools have not received a single admission form.

Our probes stated that most of these schools had not properly disseminated the information regarding RTE Act and are located in the outskirts of the city. It also came to light that most of these schools had not complied with the RTE guidelines by holding posters and banners disseminating informing about admissions.

The second biggest reason is that most of the beneficiary families are not aware of any such law for them. Of total 14, 000 left out schools, highest number of 1, 100 were from Jaipur followed by 900 schools in Alwar and 800 in Sikar.

The order stated that last date of submitting offline admission forms is July 8 at private schools and online forms can be submitted on the RTE website: rte.raj.nic.in till July 9. The names of successful candidates will be declared via computerized lottery on July 10.

Social groups working for RTE have welcomed the decision but raised concern over the short time period given by the government to fill admission forms. Pranjal Singh, an RTE activist, said, “Majority of the beneficiaries aren’t aware of this scheme. It needs time to popularize this scheme.” The scheme of left out schools are yet not available on the RTE website which is another area of concern as parents are not aware that seats in which school is vacant.

Source: The Times of India

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