RTE admission deadline extended to June 30

R. Suresh Kumar colours concrete for a living. On Monday, as his son’s name was called out in a school auditorium brimming with expectation, he could hardly contain his enthusiasm.

As per government norms, Vana Vani Matriculation on Monday conducted a draw of lots to fill the free seats at the entry-level under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act. The Act mandates that private unaided non-minority schools reserve 25 per cent seats at the entry-level for children from weaker sections of society and disadvantaged groups.

In Tamil Nadu, the date for schools to issue free admission forms for RTE seats has been extended for the second time to June 30. According to the Directorate of Matriculation schools, the date has been extended to benefit more students. Earlier, schools were asked to draw lots on Monday with the applications received up to May 31 and display a waiting list, an official said.

“Last year we got 56 applications. This year we issued 376 applications and received 224 for the 30 seats reserved under the RTE Act. Awareness among parents is increasing,” said Kaveri Padmanabhan, principal of the school, adding that they will conduct their general admissions for L.K.G this week.

However, some parents who had pnned their hopes on getting a seat under the 25 per cent quota were disappointed. Rajeshwari (name changed), who had applied at a school in north Chennai said that she found out on Wednesday that her daughter had not got a seat. “We were counting on the seat and had not applied anywhere else,” she said.

A principal of a matriculation school said that ideally, the admission schedule for the 25 per cent quota seats should be advanced to April so that schools and parents can plan for the next academic year.

Earlier, schools were asked to draw lots on Monday with the applications received till May 31

Many schools report a huge increase in applications

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