As many as 19 new schools will take in students belonging to the economically weaker section in the second round of admissions under the 25 per cent quota stipulated under the Right to Education Act 2009. The second round is slated to start in the first week of May.
“A total of 19 schools have been introduced this year. Out of this, 10 schools were the ones that had a problem during mapping. Their longitude-latitude mapping had gone wrong. The other nine schools are the ones that had not registered in the first round but have done so this time,” said Mahavir Mane, Director, Primary Education. He said students could apply again to for admission to these 19 schools but those with confirmed admission elsewhere would not be eligible for the second round.
Officials said a total of 6,092 seats were earmarked for the poor, of which 4,771 were allotted through lottery at various schools. Draw of lots was used in those schools where the number of applications exceeded the number of seats available. “A total of 277 applications were rejected while 2,491 students got admission,” said Mane.
A grievance redressal mechanism has been put in place on April 29 and 30 to address problems faced by parents related to admission to private schools. “We have allotted two days to address the complaints, grievances and other technical issues that parents have faced during the one month,” said Mane.
Deputy Director of Education Suman Shinde, who is also the official looking after the online admission procedure, said: “There were complaints against some schools and we have issued them notices. Our officials will be at the help desk to help parents. If they can produce the required documents in these two days, they can get admission. Otherwise, their requests will not be entertained,” she said.
Complaints were received against New India School, Shri Shivaji Preparatory Military School and Symbiosis School. “After a meeting with the management of all these schools, they have agreed to give admission to the children who have the required documents under the 25 per cent quota,” said Mane.
All schools in the city and Pimpri-Chinchwad that come under the ambit of RTE Act will remain open from 11 am to 5 pm.
“All teaching and non-teaching staff will be present at the schools to help parents. No school can claim that they are on vacation. The schools must remain open,” said Mane.
Another point that Mane made was that no school could claim exemption from the RTE Act on the basis of the board (CBSE, SCC etc) it’s affiliated to various. “If the school is in Maharashtra, they have to follow the rules laid down by the Maharashtra government. Only in the exam procedure can they claim difference as per their boards,” he said. This is in reference to the problems faced by the parents while getting admission to other than SCC boards who have different age criterion for admission.