Mumbai: More than 51,155 students have been allotted admissions through Right to Education (RTE) in private unaided schools. RTE admissions will continue till there are vacant seats in private unaided schools and all students who have applied have been allotted admissions.
A total of 1.96 lakh students have applied for RTE admissions this year. While there are around 1.26 lakh vacant seats in private unaided schools registered under RTE. Admissions are going on as students are being allotted schools everyday based on their online application. Third round of admissions is going on currently as the state began a special round from June 1. This round consisted of admissions for students with HIV AIDS. It also included students from socially weak backgrounds alongwith those from economically weak sections of society.
These inclusions were made as per the government regulation (GR) introduced by the state. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) conducted these rounds from June according to this GR. Schools of the city are scheduled to open on June 15 to mark the start of the academic year 2018-19.
Sachin Gaikwad, state education officer in-charge of RTE admissions said, “We will continue RTE admissions till we have vacancies in schools. RTE is a right of every child and we will strive to award admissions to every child who has applied. We cannot deprive any child of this right so we will continue with admissions even if the academic year begins.”
A budget of Rs 150 crores is allocated for RTE admissions. Large number of private unaided schools of the state opposed RTE admissions claiming they had not received reimbursement amount since last five years. A senior officer of a school said, “We have not received the funds since 2012 and now we do not have the financial support to sustain admissions of students.” While a state education officer said, “We sanctioned Rs 302 crores in March and now we have allocated a budget of Rs 150 crores for RTE admissions. We have resolved issues and opposition raised by private unaided schools and all schools are currently accepting admissions under RTE.”
The state government has asked for an inquiry in the sanctioning and provision process of funds. The officer added, “We are inquiring on the Zilla Parishad, taluka and district level to find out if funds sanctioned have been provided to schools. We have sanctioned the funds from our end but we want to check if these funds have reached the schools.” Under RTE Act, 2009, students of marginalised sections and weak financial backgrounds can secure free education from Class 1 to 8 in private unaided schools.
These students have to apply for online RTE admission process to avial this benefit. The entire elementary education is managed by the state govt.