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66k students admitted under RTE act in Maharashtra

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66k students admitted under RTE act
Around 66,306 out of 2.25 lakh students from the economically and socially weaker sections have taken admissions in 8,500 private schools across the Maharashtra state under Right To Education (RTE) Act. The process of admissions commenced on Jan 01 with the distribution of forms.

So far, About 35% admissions under the reservation policy of the right free and compulsory education act (RTE) have effected in the state.

Mahaveer Mane State director of Primary Education (additional charge) said, that big cities like Pune, Mumbai and Nagpur have registered a good response. "Awareness about 25% reservation scheme has been very good this year. The beneficiaries are coming forward to avail of the scheme, thanks mainly to social workers and NGOs who are reaching out to the needy and are getting the formal admission process done for the students,"

As per the regulation of RTE act, all private school other than unaided minority schools, will have reserve 25% seats in class I or the entry level for students from the economically and socially weaker section of the society.

Mane said that, initially response for the RTE was limited, even it was implemented in 2012. Only 33% of the total eligible students get the benefits of the RTE act. Besides, the announcement by the government was late and most of the students gets admitted in other schools.

"The process is still underway and the forms are sold in every district of the state. We hope more admissions would happen in the coming months. Once the admission process ends, details will be published," added mane.

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