AMARELI JILLA 1/4/2019 THI SHALA SAMAY SAVAR NO 7 THI 12:30 NO RAHESHE BABAT
As the Gujarat government extended the deadline for admissions under the Right to Education (RTE) Act that mandates 25 per cent reservation for children from economically and socially weaker (EWS) sections in private unaided schools to May 30, parents were a worried lot on Wednesday.
There were reports of several schools overcharging parents. Further, as the deadline approached, several applicants received the SMS on their mobile phones that the schools had not uploaded their documents and if the schools failed to upload them till May 30, their admission will stand cancelled.
To add to the parents’ woes, the online applications also had discrepancies in the school’s distance. In some cases, the Google map showed the school to be within three km from the applicants’ residences even though they were actually quite far. These instances constitute blatant violation of the RTE Act. Applicants have complained of private schools openly demanding fee in the name of “other charges” as well as school fee and even declining to admit the child under the RTE Act’s Section 12(1)(c), citing different reasons.