TRICHY: This year 3,673 seats have been identified across 292 self-financing schools for admission at the entry level, under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, in the district. While the response for RTE admissions has been good during the last two years, as all the seats were filled unlike previous years, good response is expected this year as well. RTE offers an avenue for parents who want to enrol their children in private schools in their neighbourhood but otherwise cannot afford the fee.
As 25% of seats in the entry level is reserved under RTE in these schools, parents who manage to get a seat for their children under RTE need not pay the tuition fee. The state and central governments will reimburse the fees to the respective schools. People from the disadvantaged section of the society are also eligible to apply for RTE seats irrespective of their economic. “Parents belonging to SC/ST or OBC need not attach their income certificates with the application, a copy of the community certificate will be sufficient. However, those belonging to other caste must file the online application with income not exceeding Rs 2 lakh,” said a senior official from the chief education officer (CEO).
“Online submission of RTE application is likely to start from April 22 which will go on for a month. Every candidate can apply to five schools that are at 1 km from their residence. A four-member team from each school will shortlist applications received for admission by the end of May,” said officials. Asked on the arrangements to facilitate parents to file online applications, Trichy CEO M Ramakrishnan said as soon as they receive an official communication from the school education department in Chennai, exclusive centres will be opened with facilities to enable parents file online applications.