Sunday, March 16, 2014

Education board of NMMC issues date for admission under RTE Act

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 - 7:20am IST | Agency: DNA
Last year, around 80% seats under the act went vacate
The admission process in private, unaided schools across Navi Mumbai under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, will start from Tuesday, as the education board of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has issued the calender of admission process. The admission forms for over 3000 seats in around 145 schools across the city will be available in schools from Tuesday for children of economically weaker section.
In the year 2013, when the implementation period of the RTE Act got over, it was found that only 424 students from economically weaker sought admission under the ACT. However, the total number of seats offered was 3340.
However, the education official have ensured that the number of students seeking admission under the act will likely to increase this year.
As per the schedule, the admission forms will be available in schools between March 11 and March 25 while students can also submit the filled admission forms during the same period. On March 26, the admission committee of education board will hold a meeting following which the forms will be scrutinised between March 27 and 28.
The list of selected students will be flashed on March 29 while students can take admission in schools between March 29 and April 15. On 16 April, the education board will publish the list of students taken admission under the Act.
As per the RTE Act 2009, every child in the age group of 6-14 has the right to free and compulsory education in a neighbourhood school, till the completion of elementary education. Private schools will have to take 25% of their class strength from the weaker section and the disadvantaged group of the society through a random selection process.
However, last year there was very poor response from parents approaching for admission under this category. More than 80% reserved seats for the economically weaker students went vacant last year in schools across Navi Mumbai, including Panvel.
According to the education department of Navi Mumbai Municipal Commissioner, of the total 3,340 seats available under the category, only 424 seats were filled for the academic year 2013-14. In fact, there were some schools which did not receive a single application.
"Last year, we did not receive a single application under the RTE and had to keep 25% seats vacant even as the session started," said a school principal. There are 145 schools in NMMC jurisdiction where 25% seats were available last year for economically weaker students.
The government will fund education of these children. No seats in this quota can be left vacant. These children will be treated on par with all other students and subsidised by the state at the rate of average per learner costs in the government schools (unless the per learner costs in the private school are lower).
Even in Panvel taluka, the situation is almost similar -- around 60% seats went vacant. There were 51 schools where 1,143 seats were available. In the primary section, there are 29 schools and the total number of seats available are 630. But only 268 seats were filled, while remaining 344 seats went vacant. In the senior section, 366 seats were filled of the available 513.
Anuj Kumar Pandey, secretary of the All India Federation of PTA, says that lack of awareness resulted in poor response. "All the schools were supposed to advertise in daily newspapers about the availability of seats under the RTE quota, but none of the schools follow this," said Pandey, adding how a common person may get to know about the seats availability in a particular schools and what are the procedures.
Admission Schedule
March 11 to 25 Distribution of admission form
March 11 to 25 Submission of filled forms
March 26 meeting of admission committee
March 27 and 28 Scrutinies of forms
March 29 Publishing the list of selected students
March 29 to April 15 Admission
March 16 April List of students taken admission

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