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RTE quota to be implemented, but with exceptions

mumbai Updated: May 23, 2012 01:05 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar
Sayli Udas Mankikar
Hindustan Times
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With barely a week left for the implementation of the 25% reservation policy for poor students in private schools, the government is likely to exempt boards and schools that have already completed their admission process for the academic year beginning June.

It plans to look at the remaining schools on a case-by-case basis to ascertain how students can be accommodated, it is learnt.

The family income limit for economically weaker sections has been finalised as Rs1 lakh.

This issue was discussed in a GoM (group of ministers) meeting on Tuesday. The recommendations of the GoM will be submitted to the cabinet on Wednesday.

Several ministers raised doubts over the implementation of the 25% provision. “I asked how the department was planning to put together a mechanism, issue a resolution, and then implement this policy within a week. It appears impossible,” a senior cabinet minister who did not wish to be named told Hindustan Times.

But school department officials explain that at a meeting held on April 17, 2012 after the Supreme Court order, schools were apprised of the quota. “The education minister is clear that not even one student who has got admission will be denied a seat,” said a senior education official.