Puja Pednekar,Sep 12 2015

Source: Hindustan Times

Five city schools could be de-recognised, says official from the education department

MUMBAI: More than three months into the new academic year, the second round of admission to the 25% seats reserved under the Right to Education (RTE) quota have been delayed yet again.

The reason: the admission of 400 students from the economically weaker sections, who had applied in the first round of admission, is still pending.

Taking action against five city schools for not admitting even a single student allotted to them under the RTE quota, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to issue de-recognition notices these schools.

The applications of around 170 students are pending in the city’s state board schools, while 230 students are still awaiting admission to non-state board schools.

These seats were allotted to the students in the first round of the admissions conducted in February-March.

“We are unable to start the second round of admissions until the pending applications are cleared,” said Sambhavi Jogi, education officer, BMC primary education department.

“These admissions have been pending because the schools have not updated their status on our website or have turned down the admissions. In some cases, parents too might not have approached the schools,” said Jogi, adding, “We are constantly holding follow-up meetings with the schools and urging them to update the status.”

However, there are at least five city schools, which have not admitted any of the students allotted to them in the first round. “We will take stringent action against these schools located in Ghatkopar, Dharavi and other pockets of the city,” said a senior education official from the department. “They will be issued de-recognition notices.”

The second round of admission, which was scheduled to begin on April 18, was put on hold because of court cases filed against the government by school managements and parents over changes in the RTE rules. Though the court ordered the gover nment to resume admissions in August, the BMC has not yet started the process. “The second round has not started anywhere else in the state either, because of similar problems,” added the official.