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Schools prepare for RTE quota admissions

Schools prepare for RTE quota admissions

Abhishek Choudhari, TNN Jun 20, 2012, 12.45AM IST

NAGPUR: Most city schools are set to start a new chapter from Wednesday as they reopen admissions specifically for the free 25% seats under the Right To Education Act (RTE). In doing so, they become the first in the state to collectively take such a step.
Reena Dargan, principal of Ira International School, said, "We have kept a single-window clearance system for RTE admissions. Ample number of forms have been kept ready and a staff member will be dedicated just to answer parents' queries regarding RTE." Applicants will be given five days to submit forms along with required documents. They will have to be very particular about the documents they produce for ascertaining their residence, caste/ income proof because if it is not from the approved authority the form will not be accepted.

The other preparations schools need to make are infrastructure related. With almost 25% extra students coming there will clearly be a shortage of usable space and result in skewed teacher-student ratio. While schools did not like to discuss this openly for the fear of incurring government's wrath, they were hoping that things will not be that bad.
A principal from a top CBSE school said, "We really have to see how much response we get since not everyone will qualify. I think the biggest factor will be 1km radius and the top schools in the city are not surrounded by residential areas that house economically weaker sections."

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