Nearly 63 per cent of the total seats or 25 per cent reserved for students belonging to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) under the Right to Education Act, 2009, are currently lying vacant across Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), shows data given by the state education department Thursday.
This year, out of the total 11,837 seats in 313 schools across MMR are yet to be filled. The lottery for the online admission process was drawn on Thursday after the schedule for the same was deferred thrice. For these 11,837 seats only 4,088 applications were received and seats were accrodingly allotted. Of the 313 schools, 58 schools did not receive a single application.
The online lottery process is conducted at the entry level, that is for pre-primary and class I. “As soon as the lottery was drawn, we started informing parents through SMS about the allotment of seats,” said an education official.
Despite the number of seats exceeding the number of applications, around 68 schools received more applications at the pre-primary level than their total intake capacity. Further, in 92 schools, the number of applications exceeded the number of seats in class I.
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“Of the 58 schools, which did not receive a single application, most are state board schools,” the official said.
Meanwhile, the online application process has been facing many technical glitches too.
Educationists and activists have attributed the dismal number of applications to poor awareness campaign by BMC.