Thursday, March 6, 2014

RTE: 73,770 Applications Recieved for 33,161 Seats

RTE: 73,770 Applications Recieved for 33,161 Seats

Published: 21st February 2014 08:04 AM
Last Updated: 21st February 2014 08:04 AM
The number of applications received for Right to Education (RTE) Act seats in Bangalore schools is more than double the available seats.
As on Thursday, as many as 73,770 applications were received for 33,161 seats available in 2,687 schools. February 19 was the last date for parents to apply for seats under the RTE Act.
Bangalore North district received the highest, with 35,948 applications for 13,238 seats. Bangalore South, which has 17,513 seats, has received 32,440 applications. Bangalore Rural received 5,382 applications for 2,321 seats. 
According to the revised calendar of events released by the Department of Public Instruction, schools have to scrutinise the applications and submit the list of selected candidates to the block education officer concerned before February 24. The RTE rules state that schools should pick lots if there are surplus applications.
Commissioner for Public Instruction Mohammad Mohsin has issued a circular detailing the lottery procedure. “The lottery process should be done ensuring participation of the BEO. For every round of lots, an additional list should be prepared comprising three students. If children selected in the first round do not attend classes and seats fall vacant, children from the additional list can be given seats without having another round of picking lots,” Mohsin said.
To tackle the problem of fake income certificates, schools may invite objections from parents/general public after preparing a tentative selection list.
“The selection list should be forwarded to the authorities concerned only after complaints/ objections are verified,” he said.

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