The Department of Public Instruction has issued a warning to private schools that any admission for the next academic year (2014–15) made before January will be considered void.

The department has again clarified that admissions in unaided schools can be carried out only after admissions under the 25 per cent quota of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 are completed.

According to the calendar of events issued by the department, block education officers (BEOs) will have to publish the number of seats available under the 25 per cent quota by January 6, 2014. Parents can apply for admission under the quota between January 7 and February 8. By February 17, schools will have to send the applications to the BEOs concerned and the admission process for students selected under the quota, as approved by the BEO’s office, will begin from March 3. Children will be admitted either to LKG or Class 1, whichever is the entry point in the school.

According to section 12 (1) c of the Act, 25 per cent of the seats in unaided schools (except for minority schools) will be given to children belonging to “weaker sections and disadvantaged groups”.

Preference

Children whose parents have an annual income of less than Rs. 3.5 lakh are eligible to apply for seats under the RTE quota. From the next academic year, children whose parents or guardians have an annual income of less than or equal to Rs. 1 lakh will be given preference in admissions, according to a Government Order.

The department has also issued a public notice saying that all admissions (non-RTE admissions) made before the calendar of events will be “illegal and automatically liable for cancellation”.

The notice says that action will be taken against schools that screen children for admissions as it violates section 13 of the RTE Act

Commissioner for Public Instruction Mohammed Mohisin has instructed deputy directors of public instruction (DDPIs) to visit all schools in their jurisdiction and initiate action against those that have started the admission process.

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