Over 1,661 students were allotted seats in the second round of online admissions for Right to Education (RTE) quota, leaving 3,151 seats vacant for the third round, which will begin on April 3.
Students from economically weaker sections are guaranteed free seats from class 1 to 8 in the RTE Act, 2009. The seats are in 334 unaided, non minority schools at kindergarten or class 1. They will be reimbursed by the government.
Seats were allotted in the second round by drawing an online lottery on Saturday. Around 1,661 were allotted admissions to 2,302 seats.
Among them, 705 seats are pre-primary and 956 for class 1, including state board and non state schools.
“This year, more students had applied for the RTE seats because of increased awareness,” said Mahesh Palkar, education officer, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) that conducts the admissions.
Selected candidates can approach schools for admissions between March 25 and April 1. Students who do not confirm their admissions or are rejected due to insufficient documents to show their eligibility for the quota will be eliminated from the system.
Out of the 7,449 seats available at the beginning of the RTE admission process in February, 1,996 were filled in the first round.