Maharashtra State Education Minister, Vinod Tawde recently held a meeting with educational officers and clarified that the RTE quota for admission would be applicable only for children between ages 6 and 14, i.e. it should be for standard 1 and above.
In the earlier announcement by the State education department it was mentioned that 25% quota admission under RTE would be from nursery onwards. Until now, the RTE admission quota was given for pre-primary sections.
In a meeting recently held with the State education department Tawde said, “We want to make it clear that we can control the hike only in primary schools, and not pre primary sections. Since the RTE is applicable from standard 1 and the State can intervene only in primary sections, therefore the 25% quota should be reserved for standard 1 and above.”
He has also mentioned that the previous government has appointed the committee for deciding the fee structure for pre-primary sections and that the present government has received the report from the committee to take action on it.
The State education department will soon bring a circular on the same.