Lottery for online admissions to seats reserved under the Right to Education (RTE) will finally be held on April 2 after much delay, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which is in charge of primary education in Mumbai, announced on Tuesday.
Admissions will be conducted for 4,170 seats in pre-primary and 7,667 seats in Class 1.
Online admissions are conducted for 25% seats reserved under the RTE Act, 2009. These seats are meant for students from economically weaker sections in unaided non-minority schools in the city.
While, previously the BMC scheduled the lottery on March 26, it was postponed owing to technical problems. The lottery will now be held on April 2 at 11am.
“We will invite parents who have applied for admissions to see the drawing of lots at the BMC office in Dadar,” said a senior BMC official from the primary education department.
Drawing of lots is done online and students will be allotted seats at the pre-primary and Class 1 level. “We will also inform parents through SMS,” added the official.
A total of 4,847 applications were received for more than 11,000 seats, between February 27 and March 23.
Despite the number of seats exceeding the number of applications, 68 schools received more applications at the pre-primary level than their intake capacity. Similarly, at 92 schools, demand exceeded the number of seats in Class 1. On the other hand, 58 schools did not receive a single application. “This is because parents prefer ICSE and CBSE schools,” said the official.