Even as the chaos over this year’s admissions for students from economically weaker sections under the 25 per cent quota mandated by the Right to Education Act isn’t over yet, work for next year’s admission process has already begun, leading to confusion among parents and education activists.
One term of the current academic year has ended but thousands of children from Pune city who had applied for admissions are yet to get a seat even after the completion of Round I of admissions.
According to figures obtained from the education directorate, of the 4,139 applications that had been received, 3,046 students were alloted schools, which means that over 1,100 students were eligible for Round II admissions in Std I.
Similarly, as against 6,693 applications received for pre-primary admissions, only 3,275 were given admissions.
While education officers say that they are yet to receive clear instructions on the process for Round II of RTE admissions for this academic year, Mahavir Mane, director of primary education, has declared that the process for RTE admissions will begin by December-end. “The process will begin early to avoid hassles and delay for the next academic year,” he said.
However, education officials are non-committal on Round II of RTE admissions in the city. In fact, across the state, Round II of admissions have been conducted only in Jalgaon, Nashik, Amravati, Panvel and Ahmednagar. Dinkar Temkar, deputy director of primary education, said that they are hoping to finish off the process before December-end.
“Actually, many of the students who had been refused admissions by schools that were initially alloted to them, were given alternate schools. Data regarding students’ admissions need to be updated in the online system since all these admissions related data are generated there. The information has not been completely updated which is why we don’t have a complete data of Round I, and hence, it is taking longer for Round II admissions. However, within the next few days, we are hoping the process will be complete,” Temkar said.
Meanwhile, both parents and education activists are up in arms over the entire chaos. For Kamana Vasahat resident Pintu Shirsat though, there is no point in the next round of admissions. His three-year-old son Vidnyesh had been given the option of three schools for admissions but wasn’t given admission in either.
“Now he is going to a private school and I don’t want to remove him mid-year. At least, they should ensure that next year’s process is done properly,” Shirsat said.
However, education activist Mukund Kirdat who met Mane in this regard said it was important to ensure that the pending Std I admissions were done with. “Next year, schools will not give Std I admissions in Std II and these seats will lapse. Schools should not be allowed to take advantage of the situation which will lead to a loss for parents,” he said.