TIMES NEWS NETWORK, April 19, 2017

Source: The Times of India

Pune : Over 1,900 seats were allotted to students under the Right to Education (RTE) Act in the third round on Monday . Parents were given 12 days to complete the admission formalities with their respective schools.

It was late in the evening that lots were drawn to allot schools to applicants, causing confusion among parents through the day . Around 1,997 seats were allotted in the third round. From Pune district, 849 schools participated, with 15,693 seats.

Education officer Mushtaq Shaikh said the parents whose children have been allotted seats have been sent a text message on their registered mobile numbers. “The parents must confirm their kids’ admission in the school by filling up an admission form and also submit ting the required documents,“ Shaikh said.

In the first round, 7,149 seats were confirmed by the parents. There were 46 % of the seats up for grabs in the second round, with 4,554 seats being confirmed. Parents were given a week to confirm admission. Till April 13, 1,445 seats were confirmed from the second round, while 77 applications were rejected for not submitting documents, said Shaikh.

Around 752 applicants who were allotted seats in the second round did not contact their schools, while 449 applicants took admission in schools outside the RTE scheme.

Over 35,000 applications were received for the 15,000-plus seats by the district education department. In schools where the number of applications was higher than the number of seats available, allocation was done through a draw of lots.