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Unfilled BPL seats compound schools worry

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Management plans to fill seats after three months
Jamshedpur
: The outcome of the results of the admission to the entry level classes in the 34 private English schools a peculiar situation is confronting the schools and the parents due to majority BPL seats remaining vacant.

In the light of more than 70 percent of the seats reserved for the BPL candidates remaining vacant the parents of the general category candidates are demanding admission of their wards in the reserved seats but the schools have a different opinion.

“In accordance with the guidelines of the Right to Education Act (RTE Act, 2009) we cannot admit general candidates in the reserved seats (for BPL) till six months from the date of announcement of admission result.

We will wait for three months and then the seats go to the general applicants,” said A.P.R. Nair, secretary of the Association of Jharkhand Unaided Private Educational Institutions.

The BPL parents, on the other hand, alleged that ineffective campaign by the RTE cell in the district education department has prevented the target section from seeking the reservation benefit.

“Had the RTE cell carried awareness campaign effectively and assisted us in filling the admission forms accurately than the response would have been relatively better,” said a Ramjanamnagar based carpenter whose daughter couldn’t get admission owing to discrepancies in the BPL column of the admission form.

The RTE cell, nonetheless, said ineffective campaign allegations are unfounded.

“Firstly, there were no laxities in the awareness drive and more importantly, the schools have been asked to resume awareness drive in their respective jurisdiction and ensure admission of the BPL candidates in the coming six months,” said Prakash Kumar, additional district program officer, RTE cell.

The Jamshedpur Parents Association, (JPA), a city based outfit, said out of 350 odd seats reserved for BPL candidates in the schools nearly 60 have got admission.

“I suspect under the garb of six months moratorium (on BPL seats) the schools will bargain with the (general category) parents to admit their wards, once the admission hype subsidizes,” said Dr Umesh Kumar, convenor of JPS.

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