The online admission process under the Right to Education (RTE) Act in private schools across the State commenced on Monday.
According to the official, the reimbursement of fees to the tune of Rs 100 crore will be made immediately after the admissions this year. The State government has so far sanctioned around Rs 500 crore for reimbursement of fees to the private schools for the children admitted under this provision for the period from 2013-14 to 2018-19.
Claiming that the number of children to be admitted under RTE in the coming academic year will be more than 1.20 lakh, the official said the online facility will enable any person to seek admission for their wards and the private schools would be under obligation to grant admission if the student is found eligible. “If the eligible applications are more than the intake capacity of a school, random selection method is adopted,” he said, adding that the candidate selection is done in the presence of an officer deputed by the Chief Educational Officer (CEO) of the district concerned.
He said the school managements have been asked to submit a daily report on the admission process. In addition, schools were also instructed to display the number of available seats on notice boards in a legible format. The online admission process for the RTE quota will be held till May 18.
- The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or Right to Education Act (RTE) Act, 2009 mandates 25 per cent reservation in admission for the children belonging to disadvantaged groups and weaker sections in all the self-financing schools in entry level class
- During the academic year 2018-19, about one lakh children were admitted under this provision in TN
- In 2017-18, a total of 90,607 students were admitted under RTE quota
- Children hailing from families of manual scavengers, HIV-affected children and orphans are also entitled for admission