‘People are aware of benefits of Act’
The last few months have seen parents thronging many city schools to seek admission for their children. The two Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) schools in the city have received over 1,500 applications seeking admission for children under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
The KV School in Narimedu has received 1,162 applications under the RTE Act for admission to the First Standard and the KV School in Tirupparankundram has received 357 applications.
While the seats are allotted by a draw of lots or random allotment, the two schools have a unique selection process.
People who seek admission for their children under the Act are called to the schools and allowed to witness the draw of lots by the school authorities. The process will also be videographed.
“The idea is to show the parents that we are following a fair process and do not discriminate,” G. Muthiah, Principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Narimedu, said on the sidelines of the admission process held for the RTE applicants on Saturday.
“Twenty-five per cent of the 160 seats we have in the First Standard are kept for the RTE applicants,” he said.
Parents who had assembled on the campus said they were pleased with the process. Authorities of both the KV schools said they had seen a steady increase in the number of RTE applicants over the last two years.
“To become eligible to apply for admission under the Act, the applicant has to belong to the SC, ST or OBC category or must come from an economically weaker section. Their residence must be within a radius of five kilometres from the school,” G.S. Murugan, headmaster of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Narimedu, said.