More seats in B'lore schools under RTE

There has been a big increase in the number of seats reserved under the Right to Education (RTE) Act in Bangalore’s schools for the academic year 2014-15.

In South zone-1, the number has almost doubled compared with last year. “The total number of seats this year in LKG and class one put together is 4,366. It’s a huge increase from last year’s figure of 2,881 seats,” said Kempaiah, BEO, South-1.

Monday was the first day for the admission process under RTE. Accordingly, the number of seats reserved under the 25-per cent RTE quota in schools all over the State was declared. In South zone-3, as many as 5,065 seats were reserved under the RTE quota, out of which 1,963 were in LKG and 3,102 in class one, according to M Munireddy, BEO South-3. “Last year, there were 4,581 seats,” he added.

In North zone-1, there are 4,671 seats this year as against about 3,400 in 2013, said M Gopal Krishna, BEO, North-1.

As many as 1,102 seats are in LKG and 3,569 in class one. In South zone-4, there has been only a marginal increase in the number of seats under the RTE quota compared with last year.

According to Nanjundiah, BEO South-4, there are a total of 3,962 seats in both LKG and class one this year. Last year, there were 3,800 seats.

When asked if seats would increase in schools all over the State, Mohammed Mohsin, the Commissioner for Public Instruction, said: “If there is a 50-per cent increase in seats under the RTE quota in Bangalore, it does not mean a similar trend will be there elsewhere. There may be increase, decrease or no change in seats at all. In rural areas, however, we might see a greater variation in response to RTE.”

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