Education dept to train schools for admissions under RTE quota
To rule out the possibility of schools not complying with the compulsory 25% reservation for children from economically weaker sections in the coming academic year, the education department has decided to call representatives from at least 50 schools of different boards in the state, to sensitise and train them about the application of this provision of the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
Now that the New Year has begun, many schools will start making preparations for admissions season. Keeping this in mind, the education department will call a meeting of school principals, most likely this week. It will be presided over by principal secretary J S Saharia and the deputy director of school education N B Chavan.
The principals will be guided on the correct procedure to fill up the 25% seats reserved for children from the poorer sections of society.
A source from the education department said, “This meeting will be held by the principal secretary and from each of the regions, school principals of different boards will be called and given guidance about implementing the RTE Act. It’s better to guide them now, or they will claim later that they don’t know how to implement the RTE.”
The circular is yet to be issued. Sabina Zaveri, convenor of South Mumbai schools, said, “We have received a circular from the education department, asking how many admissions have been made in the pre-primary section under the 25% quota. But we haven’t yet received any intimation about the meeting.”
NB Chavan and JS Saharia remained unavailable for comment.