Thursday is the last day for applying to private schools for the 25 per cent seats reserved to “children belonging to weaker sections and disadvantaged groups” as mandated under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act.

According to District Elementary Education Officer T. Ganeshamoorthy, all applications must be submitted before Thursday and schools must accept them without any delay until 5 p.m. The applications were being given from May 3.

The list of students who are eligible to apply under this quota will be put up at the schools on May 11. If the applicants are found to be in excess of the reserved seats, the candidates will be shortlisted by a random selections process and the final list will be put up on May 14 by 2 p.m.

A meeting of school headmasters and principals was held here on Tuesday where they were told to follow all the norms under RTE Act.

Extension sought

The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) has called upon the government to undertake a massive publicity campaign to create awareness among the people and the school about this provision.

Its youth wing secretary V. Eswaran said that schools must be told to accept applications till they fill up the entire 25 per cent. He said that they had found many schools had already completed the admission process.

“The awareness about this Act is very low among both the parents and schools. The MDMK is going to organise a campaign to create awareness on this subject.”