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RTE admission chaos: Clueless parents blame civic body

Friday, 16 May 2014 - 7:25am IST | Agency: dna

Several people whose children have got admission under the Right to Education (RTE) Act 25% quota are clueless about the schools their kids have secured admission in. And they are blaming the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for the confusion.

Parents have said they didn't receive any message regarding the school allotted to their children and, when they visited civic body's guidance centres, set up to help them, they failed to get any proper information as the officials there seemed clueless about the whole thing too.

On Tuesday, as per the lottery draw, 1,709 students' names came up for admission at entry level under the RTE quota.

Out of the 6,575 applications, 57 schools received 4,764, way more than the total sitting capacity of 1,569.

Raziya Sayyed, a resident of western suburbs, said, "I went to several guidance centres to check when I will receive the message regarding my child's admission. But the officials there were clueless about it."

Another parent, Sumera Shaikh, said, "I went to the three schools where my child has secured admission. However, two of them said my child's name is not on their list. I then approached the guidance centre at Vile Parle, but officials there were unable to help me."

Civic officials, however, said the guidance centres were closed after the lottery and it's not the BMC's responsibility anymore.

Additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani said, "Parents need not go to guidance centres now. They should approach (Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited) MKCL or the deputy director's office if they have not received any message on admission of their child."

BMC education officer Shambhavi Jogi said, "Parents can take admission for their children till May 20. If any parent has not received any message, s/he will get it soon from MKCL, not from the civic body. The guidance centres are not working now but may start soon in a few days."

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