Updated: June 22, 2021 6:06:31 pm
In over 10 days since admissions under the Right to Education (RTE) Act began, less than 4 per cent seats have been confirmed pointing to a worrisome trend across the state.
In Maharashtra, 96,684 seats are available under RTE admissions, for which 2.2 lakh applications were received and 82,129 allotments were made. The admission process started on June 11, with parents approaching schools to confirm seats allotted for their wards. The response to the admission process from parents, however, is especially poor with only 2,759 admissions being confirmed. As many as 16,733 provisional admissions have been granted, and will be confirmed after document verification by the education department.
Out of all districts, Jalgaon has maximum response to RTE admissions with 687 confirmed and 1,144 provisional admissions of 2,695 allotments. In Mumbai region has about 130 confirmed admissions against 1,000-odd allotments while Pune district, which has maximum RTE admissions every year as per state data, only has 163 confirmed and 3,472 provisional admissions against 14,567 allotments.
Educationists said this trend was worrying as June 30 was the deadline to confirm RTE admissions, failing which parents and their wards will lose a chance at allotment.
“The education department has asked parents to directly approach schools to confirm seats, and schools were instructed to display admission timings on RTE websites. But none of them have complied. We have received feedback from parents saying they went to the schools a few times, but either officials were not present or timings were over for the day. In some cases, we have complained to education officers that schools are asking for Rs 6,000 to Rs 8,000 more to confirm admissions,” said activist Mukund Kirdat.
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