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RTE confusion: Most schools to proceed with admissions

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times   Mumbai, December 07, 2012
First Published: 01:31 IST(7/12/2012) | Last Updated: 01:36 IST(7/12/2012)

The uncertainty about admission procedures is limited to only a small section of schools in the unaided minority category. These schools are still somewhat confused as to what admission procedure they are to follow this year and whether the 25% clause will apply to them. The Right To Education (RTE) Act mandates that schools set aside 25% of their seats at the entry level for neighbourhood students from poor backgrounds. The Supreme Court had said unaided minority schools would be exempt from this, however some government officials have in past months confused school managements by saying that the rule may apply to them as well.

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“We are still waiting for some clarity from the government,” said V Balasubramanian, director of the NES group of institutions, which come under the category of Tamil minority institutions. In Mumbai, another category of schools –those run by the Archdiocesan Board of Education run by the Catholic Church – have put off admissions because while the secondary sections of most schools are aided, the primary class are not aided.  

Most schools said they would be proceeding with their usual admission schedule and were expecting that some clarity would come through soon. Some schools begin their admissions towards the end of December, others later.

“We had earlier itself decided to start admissions in February anticipating that there might be some confusion,” said Kavita Aggarwal, principal of DG Khetan International School in Malad.


Admission Trouble

Under the Right To Education Act, all schools (barring some exceptions) must reserve 25 per cent of their student strength for underprivileged students.

1. The government is still working on who will be exempted from the clause

2. The state government will check after admissions are completed if schools have followed the proper procedure

3. The Supreme Court had said unaided minority schools would be exempt from this, however some government officials have in the past few months have confused schools by saying that the rule may apply to them as well.

4. In Mumbai, schools run by the Archdiocesan Board of Education have put off admissions because while the secondary sections of most schools are aided, the primary class are not aided.

5. Most schools said they would be proceeding with their usual admission schedule and were expecting that some clarity would come through soon.


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