Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Parents prefer 'upscale' schools for kids under RTE

Parents prefer 'upscale' schools for kids under RTE

12th March 2013 08:07 AM
Parents seem to be utilising the Right to Education (RTE) Act well by choosing schools of their preference.
Provisional statistics from Block Education Officers (BEOs) reveal that 84 ‘undesirable’ schools in Bangalore North have not received any RTE applications this year.
A high percentage of RTE applications in the city are concentrated towards a few reputed schools, leading to high deficits in the availability of seats and the number of applications received.
Many unaided schools perceived to be  ‘not so reputed’ in Malleswaram, Rajajinagar and surrounding areas have been overlooked by parents.
In Bangalore North-3 range that has 264 schools, 1,235 RTE applications have been selected against the availability of 3,295 seats.
“We have a difference of 2,060 seats as 64 schools have not received any applications. Parents have preferred the prestigious schools,” said North-1 BEO V Ramesh. Likewise, in North-2 range that has 158 schools, 20 schools have not received RTE applications, said BEO K G Anjinappa. The demand for schools in his limits was so much that many applications came from out of the ward, which is against the  ‘neighbourhood schools.’
A resident of Manjunathnagar was elated as his daughter’s RTE application was selected in S Kadambi Vidya Kendra at Basaveshwaranagar for class 1. “There are a couple of schools near our house. But I wanted to admit my daughter to this school as I have heard good things about this school,” he said. “Little Flower Public School in Hoskerehalli, Sophia School in High Grounds and Kadambi School in Basaveshwaranagar are the schools in demand for RTE. It is evident that parents want reputed schools for their children,” said Nagasimha G Rao, convener, RTE Task Force.
This year, there are 1,08,429 RTE seats available in the state. Monday was the last date for BEOs to approve the admission lists.

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