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Round III ends in a day, RTE quota still has few takers

The admissions which began on August 16 will end on Friday, August 22.

Written by Dipti Singh | Mumbai |
August 22, 2014 12:34:34 am

Even as the third round of online admissions for the 25 per cent seats reserved under the Right to Education (RTE) Act is set to end on Friday, most schools in the city have not received any applications. The BMC had to announce a third round of the online admissions for the 6,392 vacant seats, as it could manage to fill up only 2,329 seats on the first two rounds. The admissions which began on August 16 will end on Friday, August 22.

“In the first two rounds, most of the applications came externally and very few guidance centres had crowds so we  decided, for this round the parents can approach any of the schools to fill in the form online,” said Shambhavi Jogi, education officer, BMC.

Of over 8,000 applications, in the first two rounds, only 2,329 applications  were alloted seats. However, activists  are blaming the BMC for not advertising enough. Anudanit Shiksha Bachao Samiti (ASBS), which has filed a PIL on the matter in the Bombay HC has alleged that BMC failed to implement it systematically in the city. K Narayan of the ASBS.

A BMC official said the civic body was in the process of publishing  advertisements in newspapers and deadline for the third round is likely to be extended.

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