The state government wants schools to begin the process of admitting 25% poor students in their schools and not wait for any official notification.
The state education department is still framing the income limit for the economically weaker section that will benefit from the reservation quota for poor students in private schools, but it wants schools to go ahead and advertise its vacancies and invite applications. The income limit will be decided in the next few days.
“Schools need not wait till we finalise the definition, they should go ahead and give a public notice and advertise the number of seats available under the quota in their class one or pre-primary section as applicable.
Also, after declaring the seats they can fill in half of the quota with students from disadvantaged groups, which has already been defined," said JS Sahariya, additional chief secretary, school education.
Sahariya added that the Act is in place and schools do not need any special instructions for its implementation.
He said that schools will first need to put out notices and advertisements declaring the number of vacant seats in class 1 or pre-primary.
Then children in the neighborhood can send their applications. Children within 1km will get the first preference and the radius will be extended to 3km and 5km, if the need arises.
The state emphasised that students should not be interviewed and parents will not be selected, but chosen through a lottery system that will be drawn in the presence of a committee consisting of parent-teachers association (PTA) members, school management and government officials.
On May 14, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan announced that the the Right To Education Act’s 25% reservation for poor and disadvantaged students in private schools, would be implemented from June 2012.