Alifiya Khan ,Jan 17, 2016

Source:The Indian Express

FROM SCHOOL managements working in conjunction with education board officials to transferring the online form filling process to a high – end server to avoid glitches, a series of proposals are being worked on at the state primary education department to ensure that the 25 percent quota admission fiasco under Right to Education Act is not repeated.

While it was expected that the process of next year’s RTE admissions for economically weaker sections would begin from January itself to avoid last minute confusions, no date has been announced yet by the department. However when asked about the delay, officials say that it is due to the planning process.

“We do not wish to announce any dates without having a fool-proof plan ready as we don’t want any more repetition of the chaos that took place last year. So even if there is a slight delay. we would start the process after complete planning,” said Dinkar Temkar, deputy director of primary education. Maharashtra.

Elaborating about the preparations, Temkar said that most important is switching over the online form filling process to a high-end server that can support the data for students across the state. The maximum chaos over RTE admissions was seen in Pune which not only had the highest number of students qualifying for admissions, but also the highest number of students whose admissions were denied.

To circumvent this problem, Temkar said that joint consultations are being held with school trustees and managements before the process takes place. “Till now, the government had taken the decision of giving RTE admissions and put the onus on schools without consulting us. Now when schools take the initiative this year, the difference would be for all to see,” said Rajendra Sngh, senior member of the Indian English Schools Association.

One of the problems faced last year was schools not filling up the data online. “There was no coordination on the total number of RTE seats available. Even if admissions were given, the schools did rot update them. Sometimes as a result of that, multiple allotments took place. This is why we are going to have sessions with school managements to understand their issues and make them aware of what is expected.” Singh added

Even education officials involved in the process would be trained in the new software and other details for which a state-level training has been organised on January 21, Temkar said.