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Awareness sends RTE admission applications soaring

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The Times of India
March 7, 2013

When RTE awareness is still low in Bangalore, Dakshina Kannada district has shown the way. There is a rise in applicants seeking admissions for first standard under Right to Education (RTE) quota in unaided schools in the district for the forthcoming academic year. The Department of Public Instruction has received 1,306 applications for admissions to 161 unaided schools for 2013-14 as against 829 applications in 2012-13.

Of the 1,306 applications, the department has received the highest number of applications – 241 from Mangalore south and lowest number of applications – 95 from Belthangady. As many as 1,709 seats have been reserved in 161 unaided schools under RTE quota here for 2013-14.

The RTE Act was introduced in 2012-13 to provide free education to underprivileged children in private schools and 1,682 seats were reserved under RTE quota. Sadananda Poonja, education officer, said: “Last year due to lack of awareness about RTE quota, 50% of the seats remained unfilled. The rise of applicants for admissions in 2013-14 is due to increasing awareness about RTE.”

To create awareness about RTE, the department has been conducting street plays and workshops in different parts of the district for the past one year and has been distributing booklets pertaining to details of RTE. Sadananda said that till date the Department of Public Instruction had received the highest number of applications from unaided schools requesting for registration under RTE in the state. “163 schools from DK district have registered under RTE act,” he added.

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