Admission to reserved seats under the RTE Act is meant for students from socially and economically backward classes. These began across the country from 2010. In February 2014, the Kolhapur zilla parishad primary education officer had instructed all block development officers (BDOs) to commence admissions under the 25% quota of the RTE Act at the block level.
"There has been little response to admissions under the 25% RTE quota till date and we are committed to change the scenario this year. We have asked block development officers (BDOs) to keep an eye on the admission procedure and the education department will make sure that concerned students and their parents get to know about the scheme and its benefits," Suryavanshi said. Campaigns, Suryavanshi added, will be conducted through the electronic and print media.
In 2013, Sangli district from the Kolhapur division had topped the RTE admissions quota, with 68% admissions to the total number of seats. Satara had 50% admissions, while Kolhapur managed to fill in 49% of the total RTE seats allotted under the quota.
"The education department has not published any timetable so that schools can initiate the admission procedure according to their convenience," Suryavanshi said.