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Parents seek clarity on RTE admissions

May 23, 2020

Parents in Aurangabad seek clarity from the state education department regarding the admission process in schools under the Right to Education (RTE) Act. The names were drawn through lottery as a part of the RTE admission process on March 17 but further formalities could not be completed due to the lockdown.

Parents say admissions should also take place under RTE Act during the current pandemic. A parent Sanjay Gaikwad told ToI the authorities should give clarity on the admission process under RTE Act. “While the government is addressing other important academic issues one by one, it must take a formal stand on the remaining procedure of RTE admissions. It should issue an official communication so that parents and schools have clarity on its future course of action,” he said.

The official data shows that over one lakh beneficiaries were qualified from across the state in the first round of admission process. More than 75,000 are in the waiting list. The further procedure involves verification of documents of the beneficiaries.

Educational activist Prashant Sathe said the documents should be scrutinised at respective schools. “Every year, a few government offices get designated to scrutinise the documents. However, it is advised not to do so this year due to the outbreak of Covid-19. The process can be carried out at allotted schools instead,” he said.

However, the education department of Aurangabad Zilla Parishad told ToI that it is unlikely that the government will take any policy decision related to RTE admissions soon. “The admissions under RTE Act have a uniform time table at the state level. Major part of the admission process is already over. The government will make a formal announcement about the remaining admission process soon,” a senior official from the education department said.

Source: Times of India
 
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