Express news service : Tue Jul 31 2012, 01:02 hrsOnly 32 per cent admissions have been reported for the students of economically weaker sections in the state under the 25 per cent reservation underlined by Right To Education (RTE) Act. Officials feel that lack of awareness and delay in decision could be the reason behind its poor implementation.
Director of Education Shreedhar Salunkhe, said, "The government resolution for 25 per cent reservation this year was announced in June. As most private unaided schools finish their admissions by January, there was not much that could be done. We cannot entirely blame schools, parents or the implementing agency. We're hoping that next year, we will be able to achieve 100 per cent implementation."
On May 25 this year, Supreme Court had made it mandatory for schools to reserve 25 per cent seats for economically backward children at the entry level at class I or nursery (pre-primary) level, if the school has nursery classes.
"As many as 67,306 admissions were done across the state at entry levels," Salunkhe said. There were two lakh children who were required to be admitted in the schools under this reservation. There are as many as 8,437 entry points in the state for the admissions.
"We had extended the admission date till June 20 but still the figures remained low this year," said Salunkhe, adding the state had opened admission cells in every district.
When asked if any action will be initiated against schools that have not implemented the reservations, he said, "We have not received any complaints from parents, but there are a few organisations that have created fuss over the admissions. Unless, parents themselves come forward with specific cases of being denied admissions, we cannot initiate any action."
The state education department will from October start planning for next year and the schools will be asked to display the list of students admitted under the 25 per cent reservation, Salunkhe said.