The state might allow city schools to give unfilled seats under the Right to Education (RTE) quota to students in the general category.
Currently schools reserve 25% seats under the Act and are not allowed to admit general category students through the quota, even if the seats were not filled.
On Tuesday, Fauziya Khan, minister of state for school education, stated a possible change in policy at a review meeting with the civic education officer.
“We might allow schools to move leftover RTE seats to the general category,” Khan said.
This academic year, city schools have nearly 9000 unfilled RTE seats.
“Many seats reserved under the quota are lying unfilled as schools have not received enough applications.This could cause a loss of revenue for schools,” Khan added.
Khan also said that the rule will only be relaxed for this year.
Earlier, school education minister Rajendra Darda also mooted a similar policy change, but the ministry backtracked as a RTE notification for admissions issued in March stated that schools need to keep unfilled RTE seats vacant throughout the year and admit eligible students to these seats whenever they apply.
Khan said she was aware of the notification but will have to come up with a decision to relax the rule.
On July 17, HT had reported that state government was mulling over centralising the admissions.
It was also decided to form a special team to study how to implement a centralised online system of admissions for the quota.
The team will submit its report in eight days.
“Instead of schools conducting admissions individually, we want to create a centralised online system to bring in transparency. Schools are still resistant to the 25% reservation and often reject admissions,” Khan said.