Allegation of admitting students who do not fit the rules

Thane: In the first class admission process implemented this year under the Right to Education (RTE), students who do not abide by the rules set by the government have also been admitted, which has deprived many students of their right to education, a student’s parents have alleged.

Expressing suspicion of a major scam in the process, he demanded that an independent inquiry committee be appointed into the matter. This incident has raised questions over the RTE admission process.

According to the Right to Education Act, 25 per cent seats in private aided schools are reserved for disadvantaged and vulnerable students. An online admission process is conducted every year for these seats. For this process, the state government has fixed an age limit of six years for Class I. Accordingly, the government had issued a circular stating that students should be born between October 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015. The government had given the authority to extend the period to 15 days. Accordingly, the students should be born between 1st October 2014 to 15th January 2016, a circular was issued by Thane Municipal Corporation. Despite this, Vikas Raut, a parent from Thane, has alleged that students other than those who meet the rules of admission were admitted.

Although the minimum age limit has been observed, the maximum age limit has not been observed. This has deprived many students of their right to education, he alleged.

Asked how the non-compliant students were registered in the online portal of RTE admission process and how the matter was not brought to the notice of the group education officer, the verification committee, he along with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray lodged a complaint with the education department and demanded a thorough inquiry into the matter.

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