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RTE admissions in Pune: Students await admissions to 4,235k seats

According to the RTE website, there are 8,976 RTE schools in the state, of which, 930 are in Pune district.

pune Updated: Sep 03, 2018 17:07 IST
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Many applications are still stuck in the process as the state currently has more than 50,000 vacancies, while in Pune district there are 4,235 vacancies.(HT representational photo )

With almost two months since the schools began, parents of students awaiting admissions under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, have reached a dead end. Many applications are still stuck in the process as the state currently has more than 50,000 vacancies, while in Pune district there are 4,235 vacancies.

“We are truly fed up of the system. The schools and the RTE officials have been making us move back and forth for the past so many months without any concrete results. Education is the right of every child as per this act, and yet it has become so inaccessible due to the inefficiency of the system at the implementation level,” said Dhanyakumar Sukale, a parent who was aspiring to admit his son in a good school under the RTE Act.

Sukale like many other parents had to eventually give up on the system and seek admissions elsewhere.

“I do a small job in a tour company and admitting my child to a school with a donation is very difficult for me. Yet, I had to do so to save a whole year. Already two months are over and the RTE admissions did not solidify. Repeated delays and reluctance of schools to take in our children has pushed many of us to take this step, even though it means burdening ourselves with more financial debts. At the end of the day, our children also deserve a good education and a great future,” he added.

According to the RTE website, there are 8,976 RTE schools in the state, of which, 930 are in Pune district. This year, for the total vacancy of 1,26,112 seats, 25 per cent quota, only 73,801 were filled, leaving 52,311 seats still empty across the state. Similarly, in Pune district, of 16,291 vacant seats, 12,056 seats were filled, leaving 4,235 seats still vacant.

Parents complained that the issue is the implementation.“Most of the parents are not very aware of the process and so the government had created the grievance and redressal cell. But, the grievances are never really solved. For instance, my daughter’s admission was repeatedly delayed citing one or the other reason,” said Sanjay Gore, another parent.

According to Sharad Javadekar, convenor of Akhil Bharatiya Samajwadi Adhyapak Sabha and founder of the RTE action committee, the existing lethargy at the implementation level is delaying the procedure.“They are making the parents runs from a pillar to the pole and its not fair. Ideally, for things to fall into place, the process should begin in January and continue till June, so that the students are able to join the schools on time, not miss out on the first few crucial months. As a result of this problem, more than 40 per cent of the seats under RTE are still vacant,” he said.

In order to spread more awareness about the Act, Javadekar will be holding a special seminar of evaluation of the RTE Act on September 5, near Kothrud.

First Published: Sep 03, 2018 17:04 IST