A total of 15 applications were issued in Coimbatore for seats under Right of Children To Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act quota in private schools on Thursday, the first day after deadline was extended by two weeks.

According to an official press release, the process was mainly intended for schools that are yet to fill the 25 per cent of seats reserved under RTE Act for children from economically weaker and socially disadvantaged sections.

The applications must be submitted to the Education Department officials before June 20. They would forward the applications to the respective schools

Parents could apply for admissions to L.K.G., class I or class VI. Weaker sections include students whose parents have an annual income of less than Rs. 2 lakh. Socially disadvantaged groups included students from listed communities, orphans, HIV affected children, transgenders, differently-abled children, children belonging to BCs, MBCs, SC/ST and children of conservancy workers, said T. Ganeshamoorthy, District Elementary Educational Officer.

The applications would be issued on all days including weekends till June 20 at the conference hall of SSA campus at Raja Street between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Extension welcomed

V Eswaran, secretary of youth wing of Marumalrchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), has welcomed the extension of deadline for applying to RTE Act quota seats. However, he has called for clarifications on certain issues.

Awareness on this legislation must be spread among the public to ensure the benefits were being reaped by the students from weaker sections.

The basis for admitting students under this quota must be clearly stated by the schools besides information such as the availability of seats under the quota and for which classes they were available.

The Chief Education Officer should be instructed to ensure all areas in the district were covered by at least one school. The date of selection and the list of selected candidates for RTE Act quota should be made available for all schools on the School Education Department website, he added.