Parents in Maharashtra left in a lurch

Prajakta Joshi
Sunday, 26 May 2019

With no sign of second lottery yet, seats under RTE might again remain vacant this time as well

Pune: With no sign of the second lottery for admissions under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, parents all over the State wait in worry and anticipation. 
While even less than 50 per cent of the admissions have been made, the parents are unsure of waiting, as the schools will soon be reopening by mid-June.

Calling out the alleged inefficiency of the government, the activists have stated that this will drive the parents towards taking admissions at private schools, losing out on their rights. 
“The next lottery cannot be declared until the admissions in the first round are not complete. Firstly, there was the issue of the Google Maps glitches, that has made the process more complicated for the parents. Then there is the adamant attitude of the schools,” RTE activist Mukund Kirdat said.

Recently, the SES Gurukul School in the city had denied admissions to a few students, stating that their RTE vacancy was lesser, compared to the number of students that were allotted seats there.

“The schools continue with their arrogance every year, as no action is taken against them. These issues need to be resolved first. Also, the parents needed a chance to correct their home location on Google, and tweak their school preferences before the second lottery,” Kirdat added.

Speaking to Sakal Times on an earlier occasion, Joint Director of Education Dinkar Temkar had stated that the department will soon be making an announcement to provide the parents with an opportunity to make changes to the application forms.

While the process began quite late this year (as compared to the earlier years), the Education Department had mentioned that the process will be faster this year, as instead of the usual district-wise lotteries, there will be a simultaneous State-wide lottery process this year, But that does not seem to be helping.

“This is a huge scam. It will only lead to more parents taking admissions at private schools. There is still the second and third lottery to go. When are these kids supposed to start their school, two months late?” Pradnya Waghmare of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Research and Training Institute (BARTI) said.

Activist Matin Mujawar of Shikshan Hakka Manch said that the parents will any time choose their children’s education over waiting for the RTE lotteries.

“No matter which socio-economic class they belong to, as long as they are serious about their children’s education, the parents will prefer to pay money, instead of waiting for the benefits. Also, looking at the number of applicants in the city, it’s not guaranteed that all the children will be allotted schools. So the parents will avoid taking the risk,” Mujawar stated.

The activists have stated that this year as well, the whole chaos will lead to the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE)  seats remaining vacant.

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