The process of admission to fill 25% seats saved for students belonging to economically weaker backgrounds as stated under the Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act is yet again to be amended for the next school academic session 2014-15. Hence, the admission process for the same will start from June onwards, at the time when schools are reopened for the new academic session. No common admission schedule announcement is to be practiced now, which was the case earlier.
To make certain that every candidate or enrollee gets free admission, this time the admission system will go online to be centralized.
Earlier in December 2012, the announcement of a common statewide schedule for all schools was made by the state directorate of primary education that asked for conducting admissions to RTE reserved - 25% seats.
The announced schedule had this admission process beginning from January starting with distribution of forms till June. This made it a 6 month long procedure. Later on, the department of education realized it to be an unnecessary trouble for parents since six month prior till the new academic year start was too early for the parents to get into admission hassle. This practice will be removed off the system as informed by Mahavir Mane, director of the state education department since it has not been a smooth process.
As per the new centralized, online process, schools will be asked to submit data to their respective government about the estimated figure of the seats available with them, under 25% reservation. Further, after obtaining students submitted forms the seats shall be allotted to them, based on the nearest school available to their residing location. The entire process is to be started a fortnight earlier of the reopening of schools in June.
The estimated expense of taking this admission process online and making it centralized would incur cost of Rs 25-30 lakh as informed by Mane.
Collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) with the directorate of primary education is also in the cards.