RTE admission lottery: Makes official happy, parent sad

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The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) claimed that Tuesday's lottery procedure for entry-level admission process for 25% quota under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, went off smoothly, many parents disagreed and were upset that they did not receive messages from the education department about which school their children would be admitted to.

The process began at 10am in Raje Shivaji Vidyalaya at Dadar. It got over by 11.30am. It was inaugurated by education commissioner S Chockalingam.

According to the BMC data, 57 schools on Tuesday received 4,764 admission applications, which was more than their seating capacity of 1,569. Surprisingly, 84 schools despite having 1,468 seats didn't receive a single admission form. There are 8,223 seats available in 312 schools. There were 2,324 admission applications that have been received for schools within a km radius. There were 4,251 admission applications that have been received for schools in 1 to 3km radius. According to BMC, there were 171 schools that didn't receive enough application forms despite having adequate number of seats.

Parents speak:
Saba Sayyed, a parent, said, "I am running since three years for the admission of my two children. One child needs admission in junior kindergarten and another in senior kindergarten. Both of them have not been allotted a school. I have not received any message or call from education department yet."

Jamila Madathil from Byculla, said, "I am trying for an admission for my daughter since last year. This year, for the first time, I have filled a form through online process hoping to get her admitted. But I didn't receive any call from the education officials, who at the time of filling the application form in the centre claim they will call me to tell, which school have been allotted to my daughter."

BMC official speak:
Shambhavi Jogi, education officer BMC, said, "The admission process of RTE quota through lottery system started and ended smoothly. The parents, who have not got admission in their first choice of school will be given another opportunity. Parents need not worry. There were no glitches or complaints that we found during the lottery process."

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