Mumbai : The date for admissions under the Right to Education (RTE) Act was extended from September 5 to September 10 owing to the extremely low admissions registered in the third and last round, as the round came to an end.

There were just 61 admissions under the 25% seats that the Act mandates the private unaided schools to give underprivileged children. 891 children had been allocated seats. This comes to just 7% of the total.

It is not clear what the status of the remaining children is, though it is assumed that they have not approached the allotted schools.

An official from the BMC’s education department that conducts and oversees RTE admissions said that, the department has done its duty of extending the dates. “It is the responsibility of the parents to approach the schools. For children to come to BMC schools, we go door-to-door, but in this case they have to go to the private schools,” he added.

“Maybe they have not got the school of their choice,” he explained.

It is to be noted that it is over two months since schools have reopened and the RTE admission process is still on-going. Two previous rounds had been delayed because some schools had refused to give admissions or had failed to update the status of admissions in their systems, until which the next round could not be held.

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