Nagpur: A shocking news that has come to fore, there are as many as 1823 seats lying vacant under Right To Education. The information that has come to fore revealed that in the 2016 academic session, out of 6705 seats under RTE, only 4880 seats were filled in the entire Nagpur District. This situation does not exist only in Nagpur District, the Nagpur Division of Vidarbha is the same. The Nagpur Division has a total of 12, 390 seats, of which 6984 seats are only filled. This means that nearly 5406 seats remain vacant.
When the poor and needy children are denied education on the very city of the Chief Minister, then it is anybody’s guess as to what would be condition of the entire state. How these seats remain vacant is a big question. Almost every poor person in the city makes an attempt to educate their children in good schools through the RTE quota, yet the seats remaining vacant is a mystery indeed. Under Section 21 of the RTE Act, in the event the seats remain vacant, it is mandatory to give other students (not poor) the facility of admissions.
While acting tough on schools with low number of students, the government is issuing directives to the education department to take action against Schools (provided with grant) for absenteeism. It now remains to be seen what action the officials of the education department would initiate on learning about the vacant seats under RTE.
Sources claim that there were many anomalies and negligence that has come to fore in the admission process under the RTE in many educational institutions. It is also alleged that the Education Department has not carried out its duties with sincerity and honesty.
President of RTE Action Committee Mohammed Shahid Sharif said that it is serious matter that so many seats remain vacant under the RTE. He claimed that the information of vacant seats (under RTE) equals to that of stealing or looting the seats of thee poor children.
He alleged that such kind of negligence is not possible without the active involvement of the officials of the education department. He demanded an investigation into the matter. The same situation existed last year too and in order for the situation not recurring in future, the government should take some serious corrective measures.