Monday, January 27, 2014

Only 40% RTE quota seats filled in Goregaon schools

Only 40% RTE quota seats filled in Goregaon schools

Shreya Bhandary, TNN Dec 5, 2013, 02.15AM IST

MUMBAI: Almost 40-50% seats meant to be set aside for students from the economically backward class are not filled up for the 2013-14 academic year in schools across Malad and Goregaon, reveals a query sought under the RTI Act. Some institutes have not filled even a single seat reserved under the RTE Act.
The query under the RTI Act was filed by Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNVS) members following their recent protest against schools already starting entry-level admissions, despite an order from the education department banning the exercise till January, 2014.
An RTI application to find out how many schools filled up their entire quota under the 25% reservation seats in Malad and Goregaon has showed that almost 40-50% seats in schools in this area went vacant in the academic year 2013-14. The application was filed by members of Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNVS) after their recent protest against schools starting entry-level admissions, despite an order by the education department banning the same till January next year.
"It is clear that the schools are trying to play games. In the name of saving seats for students from economically backward classes, they will sell those slots to parents who are ready to pay for them," said Sudhakar Tamboli from the MNVS. Members of the group also visited the BMC education officer and asked him to send a message to all schools that admissions to the entry level would not take place till next year, as ordered by the state education department.
The query under the RTI Act was for about 50 schools in Malad and Goregaon that conducted admissions to reserved seats under the RTE Act for 2013-14. The details shows that except for a handful of institutes, which have managed to fill all or most of the reserved seats, most schools have filled only 10% and some none at all. "If this is the status of RTE admissions in just one part of the city, I cannot imagine what other schools in other parts of the city have been doing," in the name of RTE admissions,"Tamboli said.
MNVS members on Tuesday visited BMC education officer R Bhise, demanding action against schools that have already started admissions to their entry-level classes. Bhise was unavailable for comments but MNVS has produced a document signed by him that says schools will soon get a notice to hold their admissions only next year."Any admissions before that will not be considered," states the document signed by Bhise.
For the academic year 2013-2014, following were the admissions done in some schools in Malad and Goregaon:
Sarvodaya Balika Vidyalaya: 200
Scholars Academy School: 150
Sanskardham Vidyalaya (English): 252
Dr Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya: 750

No comments:

Post a Comment