The 25 per cent reservation under the Right To Education Act (RTE) for economically weak students in private schools seems to have failed miserably, as only 38 per cent such admissions happened in the state this year.
In order to ensure that the scheme is successful in the next academic year, the state education department is currently working on a new model. “From next year, admissions under the new scheme are expected to be completed in the month of April itself,’ said state education director Dr Shridhar Salunke.
He added that a system is currently being framed, through which admissions under the RTE scheme will be held between April 1 and 20. “Separate committees will be formed at state, district and block level, though which the concerned government education officer will keep an eye on these admissions,” Salunke said.
Salunke claims that the new scheme failed in the current academic year because of a delay in receiving directives from the government. “Till now, only 38 per cent admissions have been done through the RTE quota. There are 2.09 lakh seats available in private schools, which are supposed to be filled through the RTE scheme. But till today, only 73,000 students have been admitted through the scheme,” Salunke said.
NGO slams Salunke
Shikshan Hakka Manch, an NGO that had protested against schools for failure to implement the RTE scheme this year, criticised the state education director’s statement that the admission process under the RTE scheme will be completed in the month of April. “The starting point for giving admission to economically weak students is Kindergarten (KG). As KG admissions begin
in the month of November, what is the point of moving the process to April,” Matin Mujawar, chairman of the NGO said. On the other hand principals of pre-primary schools have appreciated the April deadline for RTE admissions.
“The state government has already conducted several orientation workshops for principals to be better assimilated with the procedure of admitting economically backward students. Though pre-primary admissions are usually held in November, if the government informs us well in advance, then we will implement it in April as well,” Jayashree Venkatraman, principal of Indus World School of Wanowrie said.