Pune: While the admissions under Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) are already in chaos this year because of non-cooperation by private unaided schools over the issue of reimbursement of fees, the process is again raising eyebrows as the second lottery has not yet been declared yet, even more than a month after the
The government has totally failed to carry out the RTE process successfully in the state yet again, said education activist Sharad Javadekar, convener of the Akhil Bharatiya Samajwadi Adhyapak Sabha.
“Education officers have no control over private unaided school under RTE. After the first lottery and subsequent rounds of admissions, the schools are supposed to send the data regarding vacant seats. However, seems like the unaided schools that were fighting the case in the High Court, and were ordered to start with the admissions quite late, haven’t updated the data regarding vacant seats which is obstructing the next lottery. All education officers do is send letters to these schools, which doesn’t seem to have any effect on them. The parents are very frustrated and this is a state of total chaos,” Javadekar said.
Kalpesh Yadav, Pune City President of Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNVS) said, “After more than a month of the first lottery, the second lottery has not yet been released. The reason behind could be the arrogant attitude of private schools that are blatantly denying admissions to the children. We demand a strict action to be taken against these schools that are violating RTE Act.”
MNVS has also accused that the education officers are providing concession to private schools despite all of this.