Following in the footsteps of Maharashtra and New Delhi, the Tamil Nadu government has opened online counters for Right To Education (RTE) applications. Amazingly, on very first day, the applications received was somewhere around 1,246. At the midnight of April 20, the portal was made live. The RTE application window will remain open up to May 18, 2017. Those who wish to secure seats in private schools under RTE quota for 2017-18 can log on to www.dge.tn.gov.in. As many as 1,26,262 RTE seats are available at the entry level across 9,000 private matriculation and kindergarten schools.
Out of these, 180 applications were received from Chennai alone. Other than Chennai, more than 100 applications each were received from Tiruvallore (129) and Salem (109) districts followed by Madurai and Krishnagiri. Other 51 applications were received from Coimbatore district.
Out of the total applications received on Day 1, 942 were from the economically weaker section category and 299 from the category of ‘disadvantage group’ and five from the category of ‘disadvantage group (priority)’.
Last year in August, School Education Minister had informed the State Assemble about increasing number of enrollments under RTE admissions in the State.
This is for the first time that the RTE applications are being made online. Applications are being uploaded through 10,000 e-seva centers across the state or other facilities arranged by the department. Applications will also be available and can be uploaded at the offices of the chief education officer, district education officer, inspector of matriculation schools, and elementary education officers.
The online process for RTE admissions is being encouraged to ensure transparency. Several complaints had been received by the department regarding schools not admitting students under RTE with schools blaming delay in RTE fund reimbursements. The demand for making this entire process online gained momentum when several schools denied application forms last year, citing delay in reimbursement of fees for previous years as the reason.
To prevent any difficulty in uploading online applications in rural areas, cluster resource centers are being set up for every five to 10 villages so that students/parents can apply at these centers. An SMS will be sent to the parents’ registered mobile numbers following the application process.