Saturday, March 23, 2013

Mysore gets RTE ball rolling

Mysore gets RTE ball rolling

Lawrence Milton, TNN Jan 10, 2013, 01.59PM IST
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-01-10/mysore/36257079_1_seats-under-rte-act-availability-of-seats-school-wise-unaided-schools

MYSORE: Education authorities in Mysore city have reserved more than 2,500 seats in lower kindergarten and class one this academic year as prescribed by the Right to Education Act.
The process of admission began in Mysore from Monday and authorities are issuing applications at the offices of the block education officers (BEO). The process has begun early to ensure that all aided and unaided schools, barring unaided minority institutions, reserve 25% seats for SC/ST and minorities under the Act.

Speaking to TOI, BEO (South block) Raghunandan said: "We have announced the list of schools and availability of seats at our office to ensure public, especially parents, have information about the number of seats in each school in our jurisdiction. We have appointed a nodal officer to guarantee all schools strictly reserve seats under the Act."
South block RTE nodal officer Sarojini says a total of 118 schools, including 28 aided institutions, fall within the ambit of RTE Act in the block. The total availability of seats for LKG is 735 and class one is 567 this year. In the last three days, they have distributed over 50 applications, she said.
In the North block, there are 103 unaided institutions and 1,095 seats are available in these schools, BEO (North) Karigowda said. He added that 70 aided institutions had reserved 25% seats in their schools, but refrained from giving out the exact number of seats available.
Of the 25% of seats, 7.5% is reserved for SC students and 2.5% for ST students and the remaining for general merit and minority students.
If the number of applications exceeds the available seats, selection will be made through lottery system at respective school premises in front of parents and education officers. Parents have the option to seek admission to any schools in Mysore but preference will be given to students residing within 1 km radius under 'Neighbourhood School' programme, Karigowda explained.
An official said all schools providing seats under RTE act would get funds from government.
To get a seat under RTE, parents of the child should not have an annual income exceeding Rs 3.5 lakh and students should be minimum three-and-half year's of age. Last date to apply is February 5, 2013.
Quote hanger
Last year, we gave seats to all 18 applicants under RTE Act. It was the highest by any school. This year too, we will reserve seats under RTE. The total strength is 150 for LKG in our institution and accordingly seats will be reserved. Sadly, we haven't received any funds for the previous year.
Ebby Eapen, chairperson, Ideal Jawa Rotary School, JLB Road
The process at both north and south BEO offices look transparent as they both have announced availability of seats school-wise, which is helpful for parents like us. All BEOs should follow similar procedure to help parents.
Girish K V Parent
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Important dates
Jan 7- Feb 5: Distribution of applications at BEOs offices
Feb 5: Last date to receive filled in applications at respective schools or BEOs offices
Feb 16: Schools should submit applications received under RTE to respective BEOs
Feb 28: BEOs will send final list of candidates to schools
Mar 1: Commencement of admission process

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