Admissions to the 25 per cent seats under the Right to Education Act, 2009 will be conducted online in all the nine divisions of the state from next year, said S Chockalingam, Commissioner of Education, Maharashtra. The process, which is already online in Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad area and some parts of Mumbai, will be replicated in Aurangabad, Nagpur, Nashik, Amravati, Kolhapur, Konkan and Latur region.
“The admissions will be conducted online only in the city areas of the divisions. In the rural areas, the admissions will be held in the conventional way. We faced some problems while implementing the online procedure in Pune, but we are hopeful that we will implement it smoothly in other divisions,” said Chockalingam.
“As many as 3,400 admissions were done by Wednesday in the first round of RTE quota admissions. Some issues that cropped up during admissions have been resolved, while others like age issue need to be debated,” said Chockalingam.
Chockalingam said that in the second round, the primary education department through its help centres will verify documents produced by parents so that they do not face problems when they visit schools for admissions.
He said at Wednesday’s meeting, convened by Ashwini Bhide, state School Education Secretary, various propjets being carried out by the education department in collaboration with external agencies were reviewed to chalk out a future course for their implementation. “Currently, we are offering four courses through British Council, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and Accenture Private Limited,” said Chockalingam.
The British Council is offering two courses — English Language Initiative for Primary Schools (ELIPS) and English Language Initiative for Secondary Schools (ELISS) — to improve the standard of English in the state. The British Concil through their master trainers have been educating teachers in their cluster. “The courses have been receiving good response. Now we are going for impact assessment,” said Chockalingam.
The second project being carried out through IIT, Bombay is to enhance the level understanding of Mathematics among students. “Now, we are planning to get the experts train teachers directly through video conferencing,” said Chockalingam.
The third project involves leadership development of headmasters from districts that have high drop-out rate. “We have identified 10 such districts to implement the project. A project being carried out through Accenture involves help teachers adopt innovative methods to teach students so that they understand better,” he said.