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On Wednesday, the registration for admissions to school seats reserved under the Right To Education (RTE) quota began. The process for the 25 per cent quota comes in effect after the institutions complete registering their vacancies with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) school education department.

For the upcoming academic year (2020-21), there are 7,102 vacancies in 362 schools in Mumbai and parents are required to fill in the details of their children on the portal by February 29.

This academic year, the number of seats available has dropped marginally. Last year, there were 7,491 seats available for students. However, the number of schools registering their 25% seats for RTE admissions have increased from 356 last to 362 this year.

An official from the education department of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation handling the RTE admission process told Hindustan Times,

“Overall there may be a decline in the number of seats. This doesn’t mean that schools have not registered their seats. Over the past few years, schools have been admitting students in the pre-primary stage for admissions. These seats get filled up and are carried forward in Class I.”

Under the RTE Act, schools with some exceptions, like those managed by minority groups, are compelled to set aside 25 per cent of their seats for students from economically disadvantaged families.

Students securing admission under the quota do not pay fees, with the government reimbursing the schools.

Meanwhile, as per the official, not many schools have vacancies in Class I as these schools have already admitted students in the pre-primary stage. Across Maharashtra, there are 1,13,879 in 9,245 schools available to children under this quota.

Meanwhile, the selection process for admission this year will be conducted based on a lottery system. Similar to the process that was conducted last year, parents, whose children have been allotted seats, will have to get their documents verified from a committee formed by the education department.

The lottery is scheduled to be held on March 11.

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