While the deadline for a few private schools to provide the status of admission to seats reserved under the Right to Education (RTE) Act lapsed last week,the UT Education Department has failed to take action in this regard.
In a communication circulated to 30 private schools in the city on April 17,the Department had set a two-day deadline for the schools to provide details of the name of the entry-level class,total number of seats in entry class,number of seats reserved under the RTE (as per 25 per cent quota for underprivileged children),number of applications received for admission to the reserved seats,number of RTE seats already filled and number of RTE seats lying vacant.
However,most of the schools have failed to provide the details to date,confirmed the department officials. The officials had earlier claimed that appropriate action would be taken against the schools immediately in case,they fail to respond within the specified time.
When contacted,DPI (Schools) Sandeep Hans refused to comment. As per information available with the department,a total of 318 RTE seats were lying vacant across 30 schools,as on March 20.
In its communication circulated on April 17,the department had asked the schools to provide reasons for rejection of applications,if any. Also,it was stated that the unclaimed RTE seats could not be converted into general seats without the directions of the department.
As per the provisions of the RTE Act,all private schools,except for unaided minority schools,are supposed to reserve 25 per cent seats for children from economically weaker sections of society and provide them free education.
Out of a total of 63 private schools which come under the purview of the Act,33 have filled their RTE seats. The remaining 30 had been asked to furnish details of vacant seats.