Friday, January 24, 2014

Now, helpdesks for RTE online admissions

Now, helpdesks for RTE online admissions

Vishwas Kothari, TNN Jan 3, 2014, 05.16AM IST
MUMBAI: A helpdesk will be set up for every cluster of 10-15 unaided schools, which will assist parents who are not familiar with the online admission process for the 25% seats reserved under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009.
The quota is for children from economically weaker and disadvantaged sections of society.
From the academic year 2014-15, the government has declared a pilot initiative of online admission system for the 25% seats at all private unaided schools within the civic limits of Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. Admissions are to start in February and March for the schools starting classes from April and June.
State director of primary education Mahaveer Mane said on Thursday, "Our staff at the helpdesks will assist parents who may find it difficult to understand and follow the online process for filling up and submitting forms. The system will be in place for unaided schools in Pune, Mumbai and Nagpur."
Mane, however, reiterated that there will be no timebound admission schedule for pre-primary and primary admissions this year. "The government will definitely introduce such a schedule from academic year 2015-16," he said.
According to Mane, schools run by government, local self-governing bodies or those private schools which receive salary and non-salary grant in aide from the government are bound by the statutory provision of reserving 52% of their total sanctioned intake. This includes seats for scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, Vimukta Jamati (denotified tribes), notified tribes, other backward classes and special backward classes. Private unaided non-minority schools are bound to implement the RTE norm of 25% quota for the weaker and disadvantaged children.

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