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Nihi Sharma Sahani
Dehradun, April 01, 2014
Amidst the poll fever, admission fever too is soaring in the state capital. Public Schools Parents Association (PSPA) has decided to meet the district magistrate regarding 25% reservation for unprivileged children in public schools under the Right to Education (RTE) Act. The association would demand the DM to constitute a committee that will solely assist parents with limited means who want to admit their child into public schools.

Shekhar Mamgain, the president of the association, told HT, “We have found that many poor parents, who want to admit their children into public schools, know little about the RTE. Neither the district administration nor the education department has ever organised sensitisation programmes in this regard. They merely conduct meetings, but do not advertise about the act.”

He added that the association would meet the DM soon and demand that the authorities constitute a committee to facilitate this for such parents. “About 25% seats are reserved for children of poor parents in public schools across the country,” Mamgain said.

In fact, the Dehradun education department receives about 1,000 applications every year, between December and March, requesting admission under the RTE in public schools. According to the department’s statistics, there are nearly 879 seats in 32 well known public schools (ICSE and CBSE) in the capital.

This apart, there are 79 junior schools and 38 primary schools covered under the RTE.

About 61% of the RTE seats were filled in 2012-2013. In 2013-2014, the percentage increased to 94.

However, in the new academic year of 2014-2015, only 452 applications were cleared in first phase.

The data revealed that only 87 children were provided admission in junior high schools like Rosemount, Sacred Heart, Santa Clause among others, and while 38 were admitted in play schools like Jack and Jill, Sky Wings and Little Angels. The admission process for senior secondary schools is likely to start from Tuesday.

Tripta, the incharge of the RTE in Doon, said, “With each passing year, we are able to admit more students in public schools under the act. The process is continuously checked and worked upon. We assist parents with limited means thoroughly.”

Shiv Prasad Khali, chief education officer of Dehradun district, said, “I think there’s enough sensitisation about the RTE. From time to time, we also publish advertisements in newspapers.”