Pvt schools turn away RTE kids, blame 'listless' dept

Pvt schools turn away RTE  kids, blame 'listless' dept
Private schools in the city have, in many cases, refused to admit candidates who were selected in the first list through the lottery process under the Right to Education (RTE) quota.

Reason: The schools say that they have not been given the list of students who are eligible.  Add to it, several private schools claimed that even their school codes have been mismatched by the officials of the Education department.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Shashi Kumar D, general secretary, Associated Management of Primary and Secondary Schools, said, “We had informed the department of Education about the mismatched school codes much before the RTE lottery, but it has not been changed so far.”

Kumar added that the password and ID that the schools ought to get are yet to be given to them. “If they had given us the code and password, we would have known the list of candidates to be admitted in our schools. Also, we would have known the number of  applications received by the schools,” he said.

Kumar questioned as to whether the Education department was trying to cover up the reason behind the confusions that have emerged this time. For instance, all five applications submitted by the same parent was accepted by the online process.

Education department officials got into damage control mode saying that they are aware of the issue and that they had considered several applications only tentatively and would do a re-check on the same.

Forced to wait
Several students selected under the RTE quota were forced to wait to get admissions because of the prevailing confusion.

Bharath was one among several students picked in the first round of RTE lottery. He secured a seat in a private school in Rajajinagar 1st Block. When the parents approached the school, his parents were told that the school had not received a final list of candidates.

“Later, the Block Education officer had to intervene, do a document verification and have the school management convinced,” said Yogananda of the RTE  Students and Parents Association.

Ajay Seth, principal secretary, Department of Public Instruction, said that the list to be given to schools in Bengaluru would be ready by Sunday.

“Another round of verification is being done in cases where there was confusion with regard to the pin code,” Seth added. 

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