KOLHAPUR: The primary education department of the district has over 300 private schools and a quota of 25% under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) with more than 4000 seats.
The department is exerting itself actively to ensure that the offline admissions are held effectively for the reserved categories on April 1, under the RTE.
From the last three years the response to the admission has been dull.
To ensure that 80 % seats are filled many activities will be undertaken by the department. The block education officers (BEOs) will conduct a Meeting to review the admissions throughout the district.
Smita Gaud, the District education officer informed that on the 1st April the admissions will be started. The applications can be submitted till April 17.
In case the numbers of students are more than the number of seats, lots will be drawn.
The students have to check the final list for the selection on April 23.The waiting list will also be displayed on the same day.
By April 30 the process of admission will be completed. The session will commence on June 15.
Strict instructions have been issue to the schools that for the seats under the RTE, no general students can be admitted.
The guidelines issued by the education department state that a detailed report has to be sent to the education official before May 10.
The information regarding the seats under the RTE Quota, total number of seats, the date of issue of the application forms, the last day for submitting the application forms, list of eligible students and merit list have to be displayed.
Also the date of admission and the date for commencement of the session are to be displayed. The principals will put forward a preliminary report of the admission process before May 10.
The provisions that can be exploited are not known to the people. To make these known the department has advertised widely through TV, local cable channels and radio. Even after considerable attempts have been made by the department, the RTE admissions are not been acknowledged accordingly.
The department has also set an alternative plan in case a school does not get a good response.
In such a case the management will re-introduce the admission process for more application.
The highest numbers of admissions (68%) under the RTE, in 2013-14 were in the Sangli district.
Out of the total seats allotted in the Satara and Kolhapur districts, just 50% and 49% seats were filled respectively.