Maharashtra Confused on RTE, Schools Suffer

Undecided on the policy, it has asked schools to halt the admission process until new schedule and RTE provisions

Mumbai: The Maharashtra State Education Department is yet to define its policy on school admissions.

The Directorate of Education promised to issue a common admission schedule for all schools in the state in the next 10 days, however, Education Department officials vary on the time when admissions will start.

Maharashtra Prathmik Shikshan Parishad Project Director Anil Kale said the common admission schedule will tentatively start in January, but Sridhar Salunkhe, the State’s Director of School Education put the date at April.

Schools in the state, especially those of unaided-minority institutes, are still confused about the amendment to the RTE reservation clause during admissions. The President had approved in June, the August 2012 amendment to the Act.

However, even after more than four months later, the state government is yet to notify schools of the same. Instead, it asked all schools to halt the admission process till it comes up with a new admission schedule and issues a notification on the RTE provisions.

“The official notice on this new rule will be out by end of December and schools will have to follow the schedule provided by the state government,” Kale said.

Asked if non-state board schools too will have to comply with the schedule, he said, “All schools, irrespective of their affiliation, will have to follow this same schedule. Action will be taken against schools that conduct admissions at their own convenience.” He added the process will tentatively start in January, when application forms are likely to be issued.