RTE applications more than double in Rajasthan in 2017
The number of applications for school admissions under the 25% Right to Education (RTE) quota in Rajasthan has crossed the 4 lakh mark this year as compared to the 1.59 lakh mark last year.jaipur Updated: Apr 28, 2017 20:44 IST
The number of applications for school admissions under the 25% Right to Education (RTE) quota in Rajasthan has crossed the 4 lakh mark this year as compared to the 1.59 lakh mark last year.
The figure is expected to rise with two more days remaining for applying for schools admissions under the RTE. The last date for admission under the RTE quota is April 30.
“The increase is due to the change in eligibility criteria for applying under the RTE quota,” an official of Rajasthan Council of Elementary Education, who did not want to be named, said.
In 2016, apart from the eligible categories, people in the general and OBC categories whose annual income was less than ₹ 2.5 lakh could apply, he said, adding that this year, the annual income limit has been reduced to ₹ 1 lakh.
The rules were changed on the directives of the Supreme Court.
This year, a student on an average has applied to four schools. More than 33,000 schools in Rajasthan come under the RTE quota and more than 2.5 lakh seats are available for children of weaker sections of the society.
The state education department has made Aadhaar card compulsory for students applying for admission in private schools under the 25% RTE quota.
To facilitate the process and ensure that no eligible children are denied admission, the government will take an undertaking from parents to submit Aadhaar of their wards by September 30, 2017.
Officials said that the move will facilitate the transfer of scholarships and other grants directly to the account of the beneficiaries.
The move will also help to stop the duplication of RTE applications as many cases in which a child has been enrolled both in government and private schools have been reported.
In August 2009, Parliament enacted RTE Act, which enables children from the weaker sections of society to access free and compulsory education.