Admissions to stay open till RTE quota is filled

May 14, 2013, 07:44 IST | Kranti Vibhute

State directs aided schools to continue admission process till all 25 per cent seats reserved for poor children under RTE are filled, even if it means extending deadline beyond June 14

In a bid to encourage higher participation and ensure that all the 25 per cent seats reserved for students belonging to the economically weaker sections (EWS) are taken up, the education department has said that schools will continue the admission process till all the seats are filled. This means that the schools can continue accepting admissions beyond June 14, the deadline for submission of forms.

Learning rule: According to the Right to Education Act, 25 per cent of seats in aided schools should be reserved for students from economically weaker sections. File Pic

A senior education official from South Mumbai zone said requesting anonymity, “Parents can collect and submit the admission forms till June 14. But schools that are unable to fill all the reserved seats will continue the admission process beyond this date, till all the reserved seats are filled.”

Admission forms will be available for distribution starting May 15. Under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 25 per cent seats in aided schools have to be reserved for students belonging to the EWS. The state is required to provide for all their academic needs.

Raj Aloni, principal of Ramsheth Thakur Public School in Kharghar, said, “We are waiting for parents to approach us. There are about 40 reserved seats in our school. We have received applications from only four students so far.”

23,000, Total number of aided schools in the state

South Mumbai
267, No of aided schools

512, Total number of schools including unaided schools

Western suburbs
400, No of aided schools

612, No of schools including aided and unaided

North Zone
508, No of schools including state board, BMC and private and central government schools 

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