LUDHIANA: Lack of awareness causes seats to be vacant under the Right to Education Act (RTE) in private schools. According to private school authorities, they have reserved 20 per cent seats for needy students, but not even a single applicant has come to apply for this quota, as there is a lack of awareness. Most residents are not aware about the Right to Education act which provides for the facility of free education from the age group of 6 to 14 years.
There are some people who have heard about the RTE act, but do not know the details. Ishika Duggal, a resident of Model Gram, says: "I have heard about the RTE once or twice but don't know about it in detail. I actually do not know how the act is helpful for us and others. The government needs to take the initiative to spread awareness about it."