Pune: Schools keeping 25 per cent seats reserved under Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 have been directed to upload their district and taluka details about the location of the school on the online portal of RTE for 2019-20 academic year.
This is to make the job easier for parents in finding schools near their area. National Informatics Centre (NIC), Pune will maintain the website.
This decision was taken after Bombay High Court (HC) gave a verdict against Balmohan Vidyamandir, Dadar on April 17, 2018. According to the order from the HC, the principal secretary conducted a meeting with all zonal officers of education department and principals and representatives of selective schools on May 3.
“We had already demanded that all information should be made available online during the software development of RTE portal. Parents belong to a deprived class and are mostly without educational background and find it difficult to locate and decide on school choice due to lack of handy information. Therefore, we often have to take help of internet cafe owners to fill forms,” said RTE activist Mukund Kirddat.
“Hence all the online process should be user-friendly and in Marathi, so that parents can understand what they are saying and demanding for form filling. However, it is unfortunate to get district and taluka wise list of schools, parents had to go to court when the State government is claiming good governance,” said Kirddat.