Madurai

KV conducts draw of lots for admission under RTE

A draw of lots to choose students who had applied for Class I in Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) School in Narimedu under the 25 per cent reservation provided by the Right to Education (RTE) Act was conducted in the presence of the applicants on Tuesday.

The draw of lot turned out to be a heartbreak for most of the about 1,000 parents who had gathered as their kids’ registration numbers did not make it to the top 40.

A homemaker from S. Alangulam, whose husband is a farmer, said, “Neither my husband nor myself had good education. I wanted to put my daughter in a good school. KV could have been affordable for us. Now, I need to try under the RTE Act in private schools.”

According to Headmaster G.S. Murugan, of the total 2,280 registered applications, 1,875 applications, which qualified under the RTE criteria, were included for the lots. “Of the 160 seats, 40 seats are reserved for the RTE Act applicants,” he said.

To become qualified for reservation under the RTE, one should belong to SC / ST, OBC (non-creamy layer), economically weaker sections with annual income not exceeding Rs. 2 lakh or physically challenged category and reside within a five-kilometre radius of the school, Mr. Murugan said.

The draw of lots was conducted in the presence of a six-member committee approved by Collector K. Veera Raghava Rao, which included two representatives from the parents who had applied.

“Though only the first 40 will get seats, all the 1,875 numbers were taken from the lots to ensure transparency and also for addition to the waitlist,” C. Muthiah, Principal, said.

The entire proceeding was also videographed.


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