There will be no admission to the 25 per cent seats in private-unaided schools that the Right to Education (RTE) Act reserves for students from the weaker and disadvantaged sections of society, until the next hearing on a Government Resolution (GR) that made class 1 the sole entry point for RTE quota admissions. The Bombay High Court had on Thursday stayed the GR.
Prior to the GR issued on April 30, the lowest class was the entry level for RTE admissions. The GR had increased existing chaos in the admission procedure.
Secretary of the school education department of the state government, Nand Kumar, said there would not be any RTE quota admission until June first week.
Nand Kumar said, “The court order stayed the recent GR, and the matter of RTE admissions is now subjudice. We will have to delay admission until the next hearing. …the court is on vacation… the next hearing is scheduled for first the week of June. Decisions on admissions will be taken then.”
Nand Kumar was in the city on Friday for a meeting of the department at the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT).
Rajendra Singh, Pune President of the Maharashtra English School Trustees’ Association (MESTA) said, “Schools under MESTA will abide by the court order. Our only fight is for reimbursement from the government. The state should give reimbursement if they make pre-school as entry level.”
B K Dahiphale, the education officer at Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) School Board, said, “We have not received any order yet. In case students are not admitted (under RTE) to schools, we will accommodate them in PMC schools.
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