A senior ZP official here said that as per the norms under Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, 25% of the total seats are to be allotted for underprivileged students.
The directives state that the district education officer should guide the officials about the process and make it available on the civic body website from March 10 onwards.
Also, the applications for all non-government approved non-aided except permanent non-aided schools be distributed from March 15.
The official said that the applications received will be shortlisted and a list of eligible students will be prepared. "Even if the applications are rejected, it has been directed to put them on record and inform the parent concerned within three days after it is received by the office," he added. The process of shortlisting will begin from April 1.
The official further said that once the eligible candidates are shortlisted, the number of applications received and the number of vacant seats available will be checked from April 16 onwards. Also, if the number of candidates applying is more, alternate arrangement to accommodate additional students will be made as per the norms under RTE, he added.
He said that by April 21, the list of candidates admitted along with waiting list will be displayed in respective schools. If the number of applications received is less than the available seats, additional applications will be sought from the school management. The schools will have to issue notification in accordance.
Once the entire admission process is completed a report will have to be submitted by the schools to the primary education officer, Zilla Parishad.
The ZP has appealed to prepare estimates and submit it to the offices immediately. Information about 394 schools still has to be submitted regarding the estimates for students admitted under the RTE provisions.