Despite three deadline extensions, admissions under Right to Education (RTE) Act have failed to gather steam in Nagpur. The third deadline for admission to private schools is about to end in a few hours but parents continue to give a cold response to it. Interestingly, over 26000 parents have applied for admission under RTE but after allotment of schools not many have turned up to finalise the admission. So far, 3714 admissions have been confirmed in the first round while 1707 seats are still vacant. The second extended deadline had ended on May 4.
Till then 3660 admissions were confirmed. In the next four days, rate of admission continue to remain on the slower side with just 27 more admissions completed till May 7.
However, the process got some wind on May 8 and the total tally reached 3714, but it is unlikely that 1707 remaining seats would get filled within next 48 hours.
The deadline of admission under RTE in the first phase would end on May 10, provided it is no extended for the fourth time by the education department, which is facing the ire of parents who are desperately waiting for the second round to begin.
The education department has reserved 7204 seats in 675 schools for admission under RTE. In the first phase, 5701 seats were allotted. The education department was hoping of a thunderous response to the admission process. Applications too were received in bulk. But, cold shouldered response from parents after allocation of school has left the education department confused. They are not sure why parents are not interested in getting their ward admitted in reputed schools.