Chennai: Bhumi, a non-profit organisation, has launched a helpline for the benefit of students who seek admissions under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
Volunteers at the helpline would help answer queries relating to RTE and help facilitate admissions in schools for underprivileged children.
Prahalathan of Bhumi said that parents should give a missed call to the helpline (8144-22-4444) and volunteers would call them back to help.
“We have been conducting campaigns in slum areas close to about 300 private schools in Chennai city alone about the helpline,” he said. The helpline could be reached from other states as well.
Bhumi has also initiated an online petition to implement a fair and transparent RTE admission process for the poor in private schools where they have got about 1,531 signatures.
“Karnataka has taken RTE admissions online. That’s not the case in Tamil Nadu. We initiated online petition to bring transparent online admission process,” Prahalathan added.
An estimated 1.43 lakh free seats are available for the poor and backward communities in Tamil Nadu alone.
Source: The Times of India