After much delay, the lottery for online admissions to seats reserved under the Right to Education (RTE) was held by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) at its Dadar (East) office on Thursday.
Students were allotted seats in the pre-primary and Class 1 level. Earlier, the BMC, which is in charge of primary education in the city, scheduled the lottery on March 26. However, it was postponed owing to technical problems.
These seats are meant for students from economically weaker sections in unaided non-minority schools in the city.
According to a senior BMC official from the education department, parents will be notified about the school allotted to the child through a SMS latest by April 4.
An allotment letter will be available for parents on their registered online identity and simultaneously a copy will also be sent to the school.
Starting April 6, parents can visit the school with the SMS and original documents and seek admission. The admission process will be open till April 15.
Out of 11, 837 available seats (4,170 seats in pre-primary and 7,667 seats in Class 1), 4089 applications were considered eligible for lottery.
Around 313 schools participated in a lottery process today, out of which 271 were SSC board affiliated, while 42 schools belonged to CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE boards.
At 92 schools, applications were more than seats while 58 schools did not receive a single application.
A BMC official said, “For those who are left without a seat at the end of the process, the BMC will conduct a second round of lottery after April 15 and an entire process is expected to be completed by April 30.”