Ma­jor push to aid RTE ad­mis­sions

62,351 seats in ma­tric­u­la­tion schools al­lot­ted; ad­mis­sions to start on April 20

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - S. Poor­vaja

Tiru­val­lur ed­u­ca­tion district has al­lo­cated the high­est num­ber of seats for en­try-level ad­mis­sions under the pro­vi­sions of the Right to Ed­u­ca­tion (RTE) Act in Tamil Nadu — 4,622 seats across 298 pri­vate ma­tric­u­la­tion schools. With 4,235 seats, Chen­nai district is sec­ond in the list.

The School Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment has stated that a to­tal of 62,351 seats across ma­tric­u­la­tion schools in the State have been set apart under the RTE Act for 2018-19 to en­able ad­mis­sions to un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren. This rep­re­sents an in­crease of over 600 seats over the pre­vi­ous year.

On­line ad­mis­sions

The ad­mis­sions will be­gin on April 20 and go on till May 15. The State had, for the first time, made ad­mis­sions pos­si­ble on­line also last year. The fa­cil­ity is avail­able this year as well.

All ma­tric­u­la­tion schools have been told to place boards on their premises in­di­cat­ing de­tails re­gard­ing the to­tal num­ber of seats in LKG or any other en­try-level class there, and the num­ber of seats al­lo­cated for RTE ad­mis­sions. Chief ed­u­ca­tional of­fi­cers (CEOs) in each ed­u­ca­tional district have been asked to speak to prin­ci­pals and im­ple­ment this sys­tem to make the process trans­par­ent, a se­nior of­fi­cial from the school ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment said.

Some 95,000 seats in all schools in­clud­ing CBSE were filled under the RTE pro­vi­sion last year.

Par­ents made aware

District ad­min­is­tra­tions have been speak­ing to school man­age­ments on the process of ad­mis­sions and have con­ducted aware­ness drives among the pub­lic. In Ariyalur district, for in­stance, pam­phlets have been cir­cu­lated with de­tails re­gard­ing where peo­ple could go to pro­cure and sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions. These in­clude the of­fices of the CEOs and In­spec­tors of ma­tric­u­la­tion schools.

The depart­ment has put up school ed­u­ca­tion dis­trict­wise lists of ma­tric­u­la­tion schools and the num­ber of seats al­lo­cated. Par­ents can check the list and ap­ply.

“Par­ents should be aware about the doc­u­ments re­quired and check boards kept out­side schools re­gard­ing the de­tails of seats avail­able and the norms. We’ve seen that most par­ents pre­fer only a hand­ful of schools and don’t scope out for other good in­sti­tu­tions which will meet the norms for ad­mis­sions — mainly the dis­tance from their home to the school,” said K.R. Nand­haku­mar, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Tamil Nadu Nurs­ery, Pri­mary Ma­tric­u­la­tion and CBSE Schools As­so­ci­a­tion.

Last month, the School Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment sanc­tioned around ₹180 crore to­wards re­im­burse­ment claims made for ad­mis­sions to unaided pri­vate schools in 201617 under the RTE Act. Schools want speedy re­im­burse­ment of the amounts, Mr. Nand­haku­mar said.

We’ve seen that most par­ents pre­fer only a hand­ful of schools and don’t scope out for other good in­sti­tu­tions K.R. Nand­haku­mar Gen­eral sec­re­tary, Tamil Nadu Nurs­ery, Pri­mary Ma­tric­u­la­tion and CBSE Schools As­so­ci­a­tion

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