Patna: In the first phase of the admission of children belonging to weaker sections, as per the Right to Education Act 2009 (RTE), the Patna district administration secured the admission of 3,506 children for pre-primary in private schools.
The admission of children to the 369 private schools across state was done by district magistrate Kumar Ravi through computerised lottery system. It was carried out at the Collectorate office in the presence of district education officer Jyoti Kumar and district programme officer (education) Ram Sagar Singh.
Ravi said: “This year, the district administration has set a target of getting 6,007 children admitted in the private schools as 25 per cent seat is reserved for the deprived section. In the first phase, 3,507 kids were admitted out of 14,113 applications received online.”
The district administration has developed a portal www.schooglink.com in which private schools were asked to sign up to link the schools registered under the RTE ACT.
Ravi announced that in the next 15 days, the admission will take place on 2,500 reserved seats in around 200 private schools.
Ravi stressed that under RTE the children staying in slum areas and their parents having annual income of less Rs 1.5 lakh are admitted in the private schools. Even the children of Aganwadi Kendras have also got admission and the selection was done by the child development project officer (CDPO).
Ravi said: “Under RTE, weaker section children get free education up to Class VIII and government spends Rs 6,569 on each student in one year. Even the admission, school dress and books are given free. However, the parents have to pay for the transport arrangement.”
On a ratio of 50:50 per cent, the admission of girls and boys was done on Saturday and it was done on a random basis. Children will get admission in private schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for India School Certificate Examination (CISCE).
The schools located at Patna Sadar, Athman Gola, Bakhtiyarpur, Barh, Bihita, Vikram, Danapur, Dhanarua, Dulhin Bazar, Fatua, Khushrupur, Maner, Masaurhi, Mokama, Paliganj, Phulwarisharif, Punpun and Sampatchak were selected.
Mansi Kumari, daughter of Malha Manjhi got admission in St Thomas High School, Patna, located at Rajendra Nagar while Aarohi Kumar, daughter of Sanjay Kumar, got the admission at Little Flower School in Patna City.
Ravi has directed block education officers and child development project officers to accompany the parents when they go for admission in their respective schools.
Courtesy: The Telegraph