Admission to reserved seats under the RTE Act is meant for students from socially and economically backward classes. Implementation of the programme had begun across the country from 2010.
According to Kolhapur ZP primary education officer Smita Gaud, the education department had sent the letter to the BDOs two weeks ago to initiate the programme.
"We have not published any kind of timetable as such and have asked the officers to direct all private schools to implement the admission process according to their own schedule. We have not given any deadline as the number of students varies in each area. The admission procedure might go on till the end of May," Gaud added.
The state directorate of primary education had directed all primary education officers to start 25% admissions for reserved seats from February 15 itself. The officials had been asked to implement the programme according to the particular region's convenience.
Speaking exclusively to TOI, director Mahavir Mane said, "We had issued directives to all primary education officers across the state about beginning RTE admissions in February itself and had asked them to initiate the programme at the earliest. We are conducting online admissions on a trial basis in Mumbai and Pune."
There had been a lot of confusion regarding the date to begin the implementation of the programme, which was further aggravated due to lack of a response from the education department.
Last year, Sangli district had topped the admissions under the RTE quota from the Kolhapur division, with 68% admissions. Satara district had 50% admissions, while Kolhapur had managed to fill up 49% of the total RTE seats allotted.
According to the office of the deputy education director, Kolhapur division has more than 1,000 schools that admission under the 25% RTE quota. This means more than 10,000 students get admission in these schools under the programme.