Maharashtra: RTE Admissions Restarted

Maharashtra: RTE Admissions Restarted

Maharashtra: RTE Admissions Restarted

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The timeline for this renewed admission process, however, coincides with the reopening of schools in June, leading to disappointment among parents.

13 May 2024

By Payoshi Bisht

In a recent development concerning the Right to Education (RTE) Act, a high court order has set in motion the cancellation of previously issued circulars dated 6th March and 3rd April, 2024. This decision has led to the restart of the RTE admission process for self-financing schools, police welfare schools (unaided schools), and municipal schools (self-financing schools).

Sharad Gosavi, state director of primary education, has instructed the divisional education officer, Ramdas Dhumal, to issue new circulars facilitating the implementation of the RTE admission process. This move aligns with the RTE Act, which mandates the reservation of 25% seats for children from disadvantaged and weaker sections.

The timeline for this renewed admission process, however, coincides with the reopening of schools in June, leading to disappointment among parents. Kavita Bhosale, a concerned parent, expressed her concern, highlighting the adverse effects of constant delays on students as they eagerly await for admission.

“Every year, the RTE admission process is getting delayed, impacting admissions of thousands of students who wait in the hope that they will get admission to the schools they desire,” shared Bhosale.  

Gosavi mentioned that upon receiving directives from the state government concerning RTE admissions, adjustments are being made to the online RTE admission system which is managed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC). Consequently, the revised RTE admission procedure will commence shortly.

Given the recommencement of the RTE admission process this May and the imminent reopening of schools in June, it is evident that there may be another delay in the RTE admission process this year.