Sunday, March 16, 2014

RTE admission: Picture brightens up in MP; Barwani beats all districts, exceeds 100%

INDORE: A slew of initiatives taken to encourage admission under the Right to Education (RTE) Act are paying rich dividends. At the end of third round of admission under the Act in the state, number of students this year has exceeded that of last year's number in four rounds, going by official data gathered from the School Education Department.

This year, admissions were up by 25%. Sources from the department said admissions were given for 1,43,756 seats under the RTE in 50 districts against 1,38,612 in 2012-13. According to data, admission in all districts went up against that of last year's total admission in respective districts. Fourth round of admission is almost over and final report will be compiled soon.

Joint director, school education department (Indore division) SB Singh said in Indore, admission rate is around 64% and nearly 9,670 seats are lying vacant by the end of the third round. He attributed the rise in number of admissions to initiatives.

The surprise factor in an otherwise encouraging development is Indore registered lowest admission rate in the division followed by Burhanpur and Alirajpur. In Indore, of 18,863 seats admission on 12,479 seats are filled up. By the end of second round, admission percentage was 32%, improved to 64%, Singh said. But it is also learnt that many students have dropped out of school in the current session.

While many districts in the state failed to fill all seats, private schools in Barwani has given more than 100% admission, recording an impressive admission rate of 133%. In Barwani, the number of admissions were 4,089 against 2,879 seats. RTE in charge A K Bendwal told there is a provision in the Act that school can give admission on more than mandatory 25% seats and there is no cap on it. "There might be a possibility of schools getting lot of applications from the SC/ST category and schools have availed the benefit of the Act," the officer added.

Ironically, the data showed that no new admission in Khandwa, Khargone and Dhar districts and admission figures remained same by the end of third round. Sources told that these districts being small in size, parents who were aware of the RTE had already admitted their children in the second round. In Burhanpur, the number dropped from 1,210 seats to 941 in third round.

Social workers, who closely work on RTE admission told that many students in Indore dropped out of school facing problem in private schools.

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