While Wednesday was a happy day for some parents who sent their children to private schools under the 25% quota under the RTE act, for several others, the dream still seems distant. The procedure for acquiring documents necessary for admission under the act is proving to be tedious.
For Sitara Sheikh, a Goregaon resident, the last few weeks have been spent in visiting either the tehsildar’s office in Borivli or the Talati Karyalay (revenue office) in Goregaon. She needs to gather documents for applying for an income certificate to get her four-year-old daughter enrolled.
“While I had all documents in place when I went to the revenue officer on Wednesday, I was asked for a medical certificate for my husband, who has been unemployed owing to ill health for the last few months,” said Sheikh.
Another Goregaon resident Ahmed Nawas Sheikh is happy that his three-year-old son got admission into kindergarten at Mount Mary School, Goregaon, but it has come at a cost. “To get all the documents, I lost out on close to Rs5,000 by missing out on work,” said Sheikh, who drives a hired autorickshaw.
“We have to follow procedure as required before we approve documents,” said YL Dalvi, revenue officer, Goregaon. “We also often get caught up with other government work and hence, there can be a delay.”
“Last week’s Mantralaya fire has also resulted in some delay in approving documents,” said an assistant from the revenue office, requesting anonymity.