Around 25.35 per cent or 2,249 seats out of 8,223 seats across 312 private schools in Mumbai under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act have been allocated on day one of the lottery system Tuesday, initiated by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) this year.
Under the RTE Act, 25 per cent seats are reserved for students from economically weaker sections (EWS). Sources from BMC’s education department said that the seats are not being filled because most of the EWS students are applying only for selected schools, and English-medium schools in particular, leaving nearly 83 schools with zero applications.
Of the 312 schools, 262 are English-medium and 52 are Marathi-medium. While around 171 schools have received applications less than the intake of 25 per cent, 57 schools have received more than the capacity. In all, 6,713 applications have been received by BMC. “Of the 171 schools, 170 are English-medium and only one is a Marathi-medium school.
Since the demand was more than the supply, we allocated seats in these schools without a lottery,” said S Chockalingam, Maharashtra Education Commissioner. The civic body has sent a message to all students, whether or not they have been allocated a seat. The information has also been put up on BMC’s website.
Students, who have been allocated seats Tuesday, are expected to take their respective documents to the school and seek admission. The others will have to wait for the next round, when the department will allocate seats as per their second preferences. The process is on till May 28.
“Since some students would have got more than one seat, there cannot be a case where a student will be denied admission. In the second allocation, the other students will be selected automatically,” he said.