A total of 6,575 applications were received for 8,223 seats for 312 schools in civic limits of Mumbai

Mumbai :  More than 6,500 students got admission to schools under the Right to Education Act on Tuesday. Ashwini Bhide, secretary of the School Education and Sports department, conducted online admissions through the lottery system for 25% seats, under the RTE Act at B N Vaidya hall, IES School.

A total of 6,575 applications were received for 8,223 seats for 312 schools in civic limits, under the RTE Act. A lottery was conducted for 57 schools where the application forms were more than the seats available. As many as 4,764 application forms were received for 1,569 seats for these 57 schools. The remaining students will be given admissions in other schools nearby to their staying location.

For 171 schools, only 1,811 applications were received against 4,186 available seats under RTE Act. It was informed to the parents, who got their wards enrolled online, to furnish the required documents and confirm their ward admission in the school allotted to them before May 20.

The State Govt., School Education department and BMC jointly conducted this programme on Tuesday in Dadar where lottery for 25% seats reserved for the financially weak under RTE was conducted.

 The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, which represents the consequential legislation envisaged under Article 21-A, means that every child has a right to full time elementary education of satisfactory and equitable quality in a formal school which satisfies certain essential norms and standards.

Article 21-A and the RTE Act came into effect on 1 April 2010. The title of the RTE Act incorporates the words ‘free and compulsory’. ‘Free education’ means that no child, other than a child who has been admitted by his or her parents to a school which is not supported by the appropriate Government, shall be liable to pay any kind of fee or charges or expenses which may prevent him or her from pursuing and completing elementary education. ‘Compulsory education’ casts an obligation on the appropriate Government and local authorities to provide and ensure admission, attendance and completion of elementary education by all children in the 6-14 age group. With this, India has moved forward to a rights based framework that casts a legal obligation on the Central and State Governments to implement this fundamental child right as enshrined in the Article 21A of the Constitution, in accordance with the provisions of the RTE Act.

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