Schools summer holidays have led to a delay in the second round of lottery process for the entry level 25 per cent quota admission under the Right to Education.
While the date of second round lottery was initially decided on June 2, but it was later cancelled claim BMC officials. The last day for parents to complete filling the application was May 30 and the verification was on May 31.
Govind Kulkarni, deputy education officer, BMC, said, "Now, the second round of lottery will take place after June 9. Our beat officers are also on leave and because of the summer break it has become difficult to collect information from schools. That is why we are unable to get the number of admissions done in schools under 25 per cent quota as well as how many seats are vacant."
Parents of the first round of lottery are still visiting the BMC education offices to know why their child's admissions have not been accepted by schools. To this Kulkarni, said, "It is because schools are closed and they have no staff to do conduct the admission work, which is why we are unable to get the details."
Shaila Khan (name change) one of the south Mumbai parent, said, "We were trying to fill the form, but unfortunately we could not trace the schools on the Google map. So, we couldn't fill the form online, but the guidance center filled the form from our behalf and mentioned the school name and asked us to approach schools for admission. We are still waiting for admissions to happen."
Another parent from Mahim, Manish Dubey (name change), said, "My daughter name has come in the lottery and her name is placed under a reputed school in Mahim. But school is refusing to take admission claiming RTE is not applicable to their school."