Even as registration for the second round of online school admissions under the Right To Education (RTE) quota in the city was completed on May 30, around 4,000 seats under the quota remain vacant.
The lottery process for these seats to the entry level admission in the second round were to be conducted on June 2. However, it has been postponed citing non-availability of officials in charge of conducting the online process.
In the first round of admission for the 8,324 quota seats in 312 schools in the city, 6,560 applications were received. However, seats were allotted to just 3,881 students.
“There were several parents who were unable to submit their applications by the last day, as they could not submit required documents. The new dates for the lottery will be declared soon,” said Sambhavi Jogi, BMC education officer in charge of online admissions.
Meanwhile, parents of the 3,881 students who have been allotted seats have almost finalised admission in various schools across the city. The last date to fill the admission forms was May 30, the last day to verify documents such as caste certificate, address proof and income certificate was May 31, and lottery was to be drawn on June 2.
BMC education officials now claim that the schedule has changed, looking at the availability of the officials of Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL), that handle all the RTE processes online.
Jogi added, “The lottery for the second round of admission process of RTE quota was scheduled for June 2. However the date had to be postponed, as MKCL officials were not available then since they handle all RTE work online. We will now schedule a new date as per the availability of MKCL officials.”
In the first round, out of 6,560 applications received, 57 schools received 4,764 admission applications. Nearly 85 schools in the city, despite having 1,468 seats available under quota, did not receive a single application. After the lottery drawn in the first round of admissions, many parents have complained they did not receive a message that every parent was supposed to
get, informing them on whether their child was allotted a seat.
“ We had submitted the form before May 5 with all the necessary document. However, till date, we have not received any SMS notifying admission to our son. When we approached the guidance centre, we were asked to wait for the second round of admission,” said Nalini Sawant, a resident of Andheri.