Number of RTE seats increase in Thane, Navi Mumbai
Navi Mumbai will now have 3,713 seats, while Thane will reserve 3,993 seats under the Right to Education (RTE).mumbai Updated: Feb 09, 2018 00:50 IST
Owing to schools not receiving their Right to Education (RTE) reimbursement dues from the last few years, some private schools refused to accept RTE admissions this year.
However, a noticeable rise in the number of seats has taken place this year in Thane and Navi Mumbai. From last year’s 613 schools under Thane zilla parishad that had 16,456 seats; it has increased to 640 schools with 16,526 seats this year.
“Schools in Thane had 3,953 seats last year, but owing to glitches, we could manage to fill only 1,014 seats. However, this year we have 3,993 seats in Thane. Similarly, last year Navi Mumbai had 3,200 seats and this year it has gone up to 3,713 in various private schools. Although the number of children applying for admissions under RTE will be much more, the increased number of seats will help them avail admissions,” said Manish Joshi, deputy municipal commissioner, education, Thane.
The state had sent letters to schools, warning them that their school registrations will be cancelled if they fail to participate in the RTE admission process.
The state has assured schools that they will reimburse them soon. This has prompted 83 schools under Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) jurisdiction, 186 schools under Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation and 185 schools under Thane Municipal Corporation to conduct admissions.
Glitches in website delay admission process
The admission process was being let open to parents on January 24, but is being postponed indefinitely. Officials at the Thane Zilla Parishad were clueless as there were technical issues with the RTE website, making it difficult to access and update the details of schools. “We are getting queries from parents at our help centres, they are keen to start with the process, especially those who missed out on an opportunity last year,” said Sunita Kulkarni, RTE activist.