ONLY 891 of the 3,800 candidates eligible for admissions under the Right to Education (RTE) quota were allotted seats in the third round of lottery on Wednesday. However, more than 1,000 seats were recorded allotted, indicating that many candidates were given seats in more than one school.
Education department officials said around 2,900 students were not allotted seats in the round because they had opted for schools that don’t have vacancies anymore. Over 2,400 have confirmed their admissions after the first and second rounds, leaving few seats vacant in the most sought-after schools.
“Children who had opted for schools where there are no vacancies could not be allotted seats in this round,” said Mahesh Palkar, Education Officer of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. “The RTE quota seats are limited and schools with higher demand have already been filled,” he said.
Palkar said several constraints had to be considered while allotting seats. “We have to take into account the distance of the school from the child’s home. An allotted school has to be within 3km from the child’s home,” he said.
He said a fourth round may be held if all students are not admitted.