Pune: In order to make admissions under Right to Education (RTE) Act more inclusive and partent-friendly, the government, in a recent GR, has tweaked some of the earlier provisions.
One of the important measures in the GR includes the revision in the documentation requirements for RTE admissions of children of divorced, widowed women.
The law was earlier unfair to the single mothers, as they were forced to submit documents of their separated or estranged husbands to carry out the admission process of their children under the RTE.
Now, only the mother’s documents along with the proof of her being a divorcee or in process of separation would be sufficient for the process. In case the mother is widowed, she will have to submit the death certificate of the father, said the GR.
Documents of orphanages or foster parents will be considered valid in case of orphan students, while the disabled students need to produce certificates of 40 per cent or higher disability.
The government has also strictly stated that the schools are not to deny admissions to the students owing to silly/small mistakes in filling of the online forms.
For getting admission to Std I for the academic year 2018-19, the child needs to complete the age of 5 years 8 months on September 30, 2018.
In a changed procedure this year, to avoid repetitions and ensure that a maximum number of underprivileged students are benefited under RTE, the parents now have to give a preference of any 10 schools near their houses.
Also, the admission has to be made in the given time once the school is allotted to the child in the first phase itself. If this isn’t followed strictly, the child might even lose the seat under RTE.