RTE admissions third round: Only 54 of 891 allotted seats confirm admission

The long weekend and the ongoing festival season have been touted as reasons behind the low turnout.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:September 4, 2016 2:27 am
In the absence of notebooks, students, like nine-year-old Saima (above, right), tear unused pages from their old books to use this year. Express photo by Nikhil M Babu - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/education/mcd-students-for-70000-children-no-bank-account-no-money-2758203/#sthash.Q4wrm0V7.dpuf “The last date for admission has been extended to September 5 owing to the Ganeshotsav holidays,” said Mahesh Palkar, Education Officer. Express photo by Nikhil M Babu

Almost a week after the third lottery for admissions through the Right to Education (RTE) Act was conducted, only 54 of the 891 candidates allotted seats in primary and pre-primary sections have confirmed their admissions.

The long weekend and the ongoing festival season have been touted as reasons behind the low turnout. The lottery was declared on August 25. However, the education department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which is conducting the lottery, has extended the last date. “The last date for admission has been extended to September 5 owing to the Ganeshotsav holidays,” said Mahesh Palkar, Education Officer.

He said the department is yet to decide on whether they will conduct a fourth round of lottery. Although 3,800 students were eligible for the third lottery, only 891 were allotted seats in the third lottery. Officials had blamed the difference to higher demand for some schools compared to no demand for some schools. “The RTE quota seats are limited and schools with higher demand have already been filled” an official had said earlier.

Palkar said after the admissions from the third round are over, a fourth round may be conducted depending on the number of pending applications.