Less than half the seats reserved for students from weaker and disadvantaged sections in private schools here under the Right of Children To Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act quota have been filled up so far.
This has come to light in a report filed by the committee constituted by the District Collector M. Karunagaran to look into admissions under the Act in 39 private schools in Coimbatore. The legislation mandates that private schools must reserve 25 per cent of their total seats for students from weaker and disadvantaged sections in their neighbourhood.
Of the total 4,370 available in these schools, 1,093 seats were reserved for the RTE Act quota applicants.
However, only 797 applications were issued by the schools of whom only 635 were submitted back. A further process of scrutinising the applications resulted in 500 students being admitted.
Of these, 281 belonged to backward classes, 95 most backward classes, 65 students weaker sections, 54 Scheduled Castes, 3 Scheduled Tribes and one, a son of a conservancy workers and remaining applicant was a differently abled candidate.
As 593 seats under the quota were lying vacant, the Collector has ordered the officials to take action to fill them up.
With the last date for applying under the RTE Act having been extended by two weeks, the School Education Department officials expressed hope that all the seats would be filled up.
The applications for admissions under the RTE Act quota were issued from May 3. The schools were originally instructed to put up a preliminary list of eligible students on May 11 and the final list on May 14.
Now, the applications were being issued at the conference hall of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) campus at Raja Street between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.