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7K seats under RTE still vacant

7K seats under RTE still vacant

TNN Jun 28, 2012, 05.27AM IST

INDORE: Over 7,000 seats reserved for students from the economically and socially weaker sections as per the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009 are lying vacant in the private, aided and unaided schools of the city. Though the last date to apply for admission was June 25, admissions will be allowed till June 30.
The school education department has announced to carry out fresh lotteries on Saturday to enroll more students under the act to pri-
vate schools.

There are nearly 5,000 private and government schools affiliated to state and CBSE board out of which nearly 1,500 private schools are in city alone. The school education department has recently compiled a data of private schools to check whether they have filled the 25% quota meant for poor children, as per the RTE Act.
The team found that, of the 10,500 seats reserved for the economically and socially weaker sections in various schools, only 3,500 have been filled till date.
An official from the school education department said the reason for the seats remaining vacant was that the schools were not being approached by children from the economically and socially weaker sections or the parents want their children to study in CBSE board and elite schools.
The official said that if a school denies admission to a child belonging to the economically weaker section, the department will force the school to admit the child.
"But, for this, the parents have to come to us with complaints. If the parents want to get their child admitted to a particular school, they can approach us. We will give letters to the concerned school to comply and admit the child, provided the child fulfils the necessary criterion and the quota is not filled at the school," the
official said.
About the other reasons behind the seats lying vacant, the official said: "The notification on RTE says that admission of children from the economically and socially weaker sections should be done from the starting class at the school. However, in many cases, parents want to admit their children in the first standard while the most schools have nursery or KG classes to start with. Admitting a child directly to Std I in such schools will create various problems in future," the official said.

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