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Over 2,000 seats vacant after first round of RTE admission

Friday, 23 May 2014 - 6:25am IST | Agency: dna

Around 2,000-2,500 seats are still vacant in city schools under the Right to Education (RTE) Act's 25% quota in entry level, civic officials have claimed.

The second round for submitting applications will start from May 23 and go on till May 30. However, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has given parents till May 31 for verifying their submitted application and the documents attached with it. BMC will hold the lottery draw of the second round on June 2.

While May 20 was the last day of the first round for parents to seek admission, BMC is still collecting data from schools to ascertain the number of children who have taken admission. According to BMC officials, after the first round, 2,000-2,500 seats are still vacant in city schools.

For the second round, instead of 26 guidance centres, BMC has kept 11 because the number of applicants has come down after the first round.

Talking to dna, deputy education officer, BMC, Govind Kulkarni said, "We have attended to each and every parent who complained to us about their child's admission being rejected by schools. The schools concerned have been sent letters with the applications submitted by parents."

"We have also declared the second round, when parents have to apply again for admission. While the last date for submitting applications is May 30, BMC authorities have extended the date for verification from May 26 to May 31 for parents. If any parent doesn't receive message of allotment, s/he can check the website by logging in with his/her e-mail address... they can see the message there," he added.

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