A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Bombay high court by the Anudanit Shiksha Bachao Samiti (ASBS), an NGO on behalf of affected parents whose children did not get admission under the Right to Education (RTE) Act in pre-primary. The HC is likely to decide on the petition on Monday.
According to ASBS, many parents' wards are still waiting to get enrolled, despite being allotted seats for admission for the 25% seats reserved under the RTE.
A division bench of justices JJ AV Mohta and AA Sayed, has kept the hearing for Monday.
According to ASBS, all admissions for the paid seats for nursery, Jr KG and primary were completed in January, that too within a span of two weeks or less. Meanwhile, the process of admission for children
under RTE, has been dragged beyond limits, despite repeated claims of "success" by the authorities.
Sudhir Paranjpe, co-convener of ASBS, said, "There are 350 parents whose children have got allotment letters from the BMC for admission, but are still out of school. These parents are from Andheri and Dharavi areas. We want the BMC to first complete the admission process for round I and II of the online RTE lottery. Later, they can conduct round III."
Another ASBS convener, K Narayan, said, "The schools are coming up with minute reasons to reject the admission of these children. Some state that the surname is not mentioned or that the child is living
3km away from the school."