Sunday, March 16, 2014

Civic body promises systematic approach in implementing RTE

Civic body promises systematic approach in implementing RTE



NAVI MUMBAI: The civic education department has already started the notification process for 25% reservation in schools under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) will be taking a systematic approach to implement the RTE effectively.

The civic body will issue circulars to private schools to gear for the admission process under RTE. It will also chalk out ways to promote the concept to economically-weaker sections of the society.

As per the schedule released by NMMC, admission forms will be available till March 25. The submission process can also be done. The forms will be scrutinized and list of selected students will be published between March 26 and 29. The final list will be put up on April 15. Suggestions are being sought from residents and NGOs to ensure that no child is denied education.

"We are open to suggestions that will ensure that the 25% reservation clause is implemented to its fullest. We have issued notices to every school that comes under the Act and flex boards are being put up to inform parents about this provision," said education officer Harunn Attaar. He added that the department is considering asking the officers to interact with parents and get maximum participation.

Last year, even though a notice was issued to schools in May to reserve 25% of seats, over 80% seats remained unoccupied. Taking a lesson from the poor response last year, the department has a schedule for schools to adhere to while conducting admissions.

"Our attempt is to create awareness so that parents can at least approach the private schools. Last year, there were cases where schools didn't receive a single inquiry," said an official from the department.

He added that from the 150-odd schools and over 3,000 available seats, only a handful had been filled.

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