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Pune: RTE admission process starts, with hiccups

Satish Gholap of Indira Nagar, one of the aggrieved parents, said that he was sitting at the cyber cafe since 10 am to fill the online forms.

Written by Alifiya Khan | Pune |
April 14, 2016 4:42:20 am
catsdsfdsfmn From forms being unavailable on the website till late afternoon to lack of information on help centres, parents complained of multiple issues regarding online admission forms.

Even as the process for 25 per cent quota admissions for students from economically weaker sections finally started on Wednesday, it wasn’t without initial hiccups. From forms being unavailable on the website till late afternoon to lack of information on help centres, parents wishing to enroll their children in the quota seats complained of multiple issues regarding online admission forms.

Satish Gholap of Indira Nagar, one of the aggrieved parents, said that he was sitting at the cyber cafe since 10 am to fill the online forms. “Finally after 4 pm, the website started showing Pune city as an option. Even then, our forms were not accepted since our residence comes under Yerawada and till late evening, we couldn’t select the zone at all,” he said.

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“Also, there was no clarity on help centres since until a day back, only addresses of centres in Pimpri Chinchwad were being shown. Even on Wednesday, barely a couple of centres were shown online,” complained Gholap, who hopes to get quota admissions for his two daughters aged 3 and 4.

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Maitreyi Shankar, treasurer of Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), blamed education officials for not giving out correct information. “We only got to know from media reports that admissions are now open. Even then, no time was declared. Until 4 pm, parents just kept trying the website. They hadn’t even declared the schedule for admissions online,” she said.

“Besides that, we received many calls that details of help centres set up by PMC are not available, while in some cases, parents were turned away upon reaching the help centres,” Shankar added.

Another parent, Chitra Kamble, who is seeking an RTE quota admission for her four-year-old son Piyush, said, “I live in Gandhi Nagar in Pimpri and when I learned that the forms would be made available today, I went to the nearest help centre at a nearby school. But the officials there turned me away saying that the Internet server was not working properly and asked me to come on Friday.”

On the other hand, Mahavir Mane, state director of primary education, agreed that it took time for the website to function properly. “It was delayed due to a technical error but now there is no issue. Even the list of help centres has been made available online,” he said.

“Also, unlike last year, parents need not go to help centres to verify documents after filling forms as this year, the process would be done at the allotted school itself. The website shall remain open until April 25 for filling of forms,” Mane said.

 

 

 

 

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