Underprivileged students struggle to get into schools

Jun 16, 2013, 06:57 IST | Kranti Vibhute

Despite a government order that makes it mandatory for all state-funded schools to provide 25 per cent seats to students from economically weaker sections (EWS) of society, many parents say their wards have been unable to get admission, in good schools. Their only hope now are BMC-run schools

Despite the state education department extending the admission dates beyond June 14 for all schools to encourage higher participation of admission under 25 per cent quota for economically weaker sections of society (EWS), many parents are still struggling to seek admission for their wards.

Children from the economically weaker sections (EWS) may have to fall back on BMC schools, for admissions. File Pic

Reason: since the admission procedure started as earlier as May 15, most of the seats are full. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials claim in this scenario, students from EWS will have to be accommodated in BMC schools.

Jamila Madathil, who has been trying to seek admission for her daughter in kindergarten (junior KG), said, “My husband lost a job recently and our two sons are already studying in good schools in south Mumbai. Despite getting an income certificate stating that my husband’s salary was less than R one lakh, I am still struggling to get admission for my daughter. On enquiring with school authorities, they said that we will get a better idea only once the institutes open on June 17.”

Suvarna N, mother of a five-year-old, said, “My husband is a driver in a private firm. Our income is below R one lakh per annum. But we were unaware about this quota system. I have been trying to enroll my daughter in junior KG since last year. This academic year no school is admitting her, as now she is suitable to get admission in senior KG.”

When contacted, Sunil Dhamne, deputy municipal commissioner (Education), said, “Education officers from all zones were given this duty to conduct the admissions for EWS group. They have not yet shared how many students have been given admission under 25 per cent quota for EWS. If some parents still haven’t got admission for their kids and if the seats are full in schools, then we have no option but to give them admission in BMC schools.”

The number game

23,000 aided schools

South Mumbai
512 schools, including unaided schools
267 aided schools

Western suburbs
612 schools, including aided and unaided
400 aided schools

North Mumbai
508 schools including state board, BMC-run private and government schools 

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