The number of admissions in Ahmedabad’s private schools under the Right to Education Act, which provides 25 per cent reservation to the Economically Weaker Section (EWS), increased from 3,712 in the academic session 2015-16 to 10,145.
As many as 17,000 admission forms were distributed to children belonging to the EWS at 43 centres in Ahmedabad city areas. Out of these, 11,044 forms were returned. While 10,145 forms were approved for admission, 877 were not accepted due to discrepancies.
Among 10,145 forms who have secured admissions, 2,448 are from below the poverty line (BPL), 2,741 belong to SC/ST and 2,389 belong to the OBC class. The admitted students will be placed in the city’s 767 “most sought after” schools, amongst which 440 are Gujarati-medium, 248 are English-medium, 77 are Hindi-medium and 2 are Urdu- medium.
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Some schools on the list of CBSE English- medium schools include Riverside English School and Rachna School Sahibaug. Gujarat board schools include Seth C N Vidyalaya, St Kabir, Tripada School, Divan Ballubhai, Jai Somnath High School and Ankur School.
Under this scheme, an amount of Rs 10,000 will be paid to the schools by the government on behalf of the students, and every student will be given Rs 3,000 as educational assistance.
In 2013-15, only 32 students were admitted. In 2014-15, against 1,509 forms distributed, only 604 students took admissions under this scheme.
In the 2015-16 academic session, against 5,693 forms distributed, the number of students who took their examinations in April increased to 3,712. On Monday, 4,593 students were given admissions in 694 private schools under Ahmedabad district panchayat.