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BMC cancels Round Two of RTE quota school admissions

Civic body contemplates action against schools for poor show in Round One.

Written by Dipti Singh | Mumbai |
April 22, 2015 1:31:24 am
BMC, school admission, primary schools, primary school admission, mumbai news, RTE, RTE admission, EWS, EWS admission, city news, local news, mumbai newsline The report said that over 170 schools did not admit any of the children allotted to them following the first round of admissions.

Lottery process for second round of admissions to 25 per cent seats reserved for students belonging to economically weaker sections (EWS) that was scheduled on Monday was cancelled.

The reason for the cancellation is that a report by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has revealed that admissions were not done in the first round itself.

The report said that over 170 schools did not admit any of the children allotted to them following the first round of admissions.

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Into its second year, the online admission process is conducted for 25 percent seats reserved at the entry-level of city’s non-minority, private, aided, unaided schools as per the Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

The civic body’s report showed that though 4,088 students were allotted seats in 284 schools, nearly 175 schools did not admit any of them. Among these schools, 21 were Marathi-medium schools and the rest were from English medium. “We decided not to conduct lottery for the next round on Monday, April 20, as we found that a large number of schools have not admitted students in the first round itself. These parents are thronging to us seeking help. We even called principals and wrote to them asking them to admit the students, but they did not. So we are now trying to address the problem before moving onto the next round.”

One of the reasons schools gave for not admitting the children, was the new two-layer entry system. Under this system, 25 per cent students were divided between kindergarten and Class 1 in schools, instead of admitting all to one class. However, some schools are opposed to this as the RTE act stipulated that children should be admitted only at the entry-level.

Madhu Khetan, Principal of Janki Devi Public school said, “We are registered for nursery admissions as that is our entry level and so we cannot take class one admissions. We are very clear on this.”

“We are surprised that such a large number of schools are not willing to admit children this year. Schools had cooperated better last year. We will have to take stringent action against those who are refusing admissions,” said the official, adding that notices have been sent to some of the schools for not admitting children.

Principals say that most children did not turn up for admission till April 18, the last date. “Out of 25 students allotted to us, only four approached us for admissions. The rest did not turn up,” said a headmistress,of a school in Goregaon.

‘Link UID with admissions’

The state government on Tuesday issued a Government Resolution asking all the schools to get Aaadhaar cards of all the students admitted to their schools and link their Aaadhaar number to their admission registration number.

The GR states: “There have been many schemes introduced by the school education department to enroll school dropouts and those who were never enrolled to schools. However these schemes proved to be temporary. Now that the RTE act is in place we want that every child enrolled in the school should be have a Aaadhaar card.”

dipti.singh@expressindia.com

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