“After her parents’ demise, Antara and her elder brother moved with a local guardian. Earlier this week, this little girl secured admission in a reputed school of Kanpur. Her life is all set to change again, but this time on a positive note,” said Shipra Srivastava, who spearheads RTE admissions in the state. As RTE admissions for academic session 2022-23 come to an end, a total of 1.24 lakh allotments, highest ever in a decade, have been done. Last year, about 99,000 kids were enrolled in private schools. In UP, 4.6 lakh RTE seats have been mapped in around 40,000 schools.
Under RTE Act, children from economically weaker sections and disadvantaged groups are admitted to recognized unaided private schools against 25% seats of the total capacity of their entry level classes, either pre-primary or class I.
RTE admissions were done in three phases. In the final lottery results announced on Wednesday 19,709 allotments were done, taking the final tally to 1.24 lakh.
Samina Bano, who heads the RightWalk Foundation, which is the project management unit of basic education department for RTE admissions, said there has been a massive increase in the number of applications after a dedicated RTE portal was launched in 2017 when 28,000 admissions were done in private schools under RTE.
“Technology has definitely helped us in scaling RTE admissions across the state besides ensuring transparency and curbing potential corruption. Since it’s a random lottery, there is no human interference,” she added.