Pune: As a consequence of the recent agitation by private schools against giving admissions under Right to Education (RTE) Act, over 70 per cent underprivileged students haven’t got admission in schools.
Now, the State Primary Education Department has extended the deadline for admission of candidates by 10 days to April 1.
As many as 10,228 students were allotted schools in the first round of admissions under RTE. The parents of these students were supposed to confirm their seats at the given school till March 24. However, only around 3,000 students were able to book their seats at the schools allotted to them and the rest were refused admission.
Director of Primary Education Sunil Chauhan said, “We have sent letters to all education officers to take action against schools who are rejecting admissions under RTE.”
Delay in payment of the promised reimbursement against the 25 per cent RTE admissions has irked private schools. According to the Independent English Schools Association (IESA), the State government owes the schools around Rs 953 crore, out of which it has reimbursed only Rs 150 crore.
Approximately 3,000 schools across the State, including 23 in Pune and 64 in Pimpri-Chinchwad are part of the boycott. Despite the schools’ refusal to register under RTE, the State government auto-registered these schools and hence, their names appear in the RTE list. Therefore, confusion has prevailed among parents trying to seek admission for their children in these schools.
“There are two possible reasons, one is schools have complained about non-clearance of reimbursement from the State government and the other is that many schools allotted to students are at a distant of more than 3 kilometres and hence, the admissions were not completed,” said Shivaji Daundkar, Education Officer of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
“RTE is meant for economically backward students. These students are hit in the conflict between the State government and private schools. It necessary to consider the welfare of these students first,” said Mukund Kirdat, RTE activist.