Schools will have to complete the admission procedure for economically weaker students in the 25 % quota under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, before June 10.
On Wednesday, the city education department sent a circular stating that they will have to put up a list of admitted students on their notice board.
In April, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of the RTE Act and said that all schools other than private unaided minority schools will have to enroll 25 % students from weaker sections from Class 1 or the entry level. In May, the school education department defined weaker sections and said those families which earn less than Rs1 lakh annually would be able to enroll their children in private and aided schools.
“Schools will have to enroll poor students through a lottery system. They will have to come up with a mechanism for admissions. Those schools which do not have vacant seats will have to appeal to the school education department to give them concessions for this academic year,” said PR Pawar, education inspector, west zone.
Schools had to provide details of the availability of their seats to enroll poor students on their notice board by Monday and submit the data to the education inspectors of all the three zones.
“Schools are shut because of vacations and so we were unable to compile the data. We will do so in the next week,” said Najma Kazi, principal, Anjuman-i-Islam's Saif Tyabji Girls' High School in Byculla.
“Parents whose children fall under the quota have not approached us. Nearly 80 % of our seats are full, but if parents approach us we will enroll their children,” Kazi added.
A few private unaided schools will meet by the month end to decide on enrolling the poor students. “We do not have seats available for enrolling poor students and we will refuse them admissions for this year,” said Seema Buch, principal, Gundecha Academy, Kandivli.