4.8K RTE seats vacant in Marathi schools as parents opt for popular english institutes
Under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, unaided and non-minority schools are compelled to reserve 25% of their seats for students from families earning less than Rs1 lakh annually or belonging to scheduled castes and tribesmumbai Updated: Apr 22, 2017 18:43 IST
After conducting four rounds of admissions, the schools in Mumbai have been able to fill up only 2,663 out of 7,449 seats reserved for poor students. Most of the vacant seats are in regional language institutes as most of the applicants preferred popular english medium schools to lesser-known regional ones.
Under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, unaided and non-minority schools are compelled to reserve 25% of their seats for students from families earning less than Rs1 lakh annually or belonging to scheduled castes and tribes. They have to teach these students for free from kindergarten to Class 8; the government reimburses them later.
There were 9,426 RTE applicants this year, which is the highest in the last three years but despite there being more applicants than the available number of seats, 4,786 seats are yet to find any takers. So far, three admission rounds have been carried out from March 6 to April 11, while lottery for the fourth round was conducted on Tuesday.
Education officials said that 34 schools in the city did not receive any application. “Parents choose only popular English medium schools so other schools did not get a single application,” said Nisaar Khan, education inspector, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which conducts the admissions.
The low number can also be attributed to schools rejecting students for not producing proper documents while taking admission or parents not turning up in time to secure admissions. “We extend the deadline for admissions, but still some parents get left out because they do not turn up on time,” said Mahesh Palkar, education officer of BMC.