BANGALORE: The entire process of admission to schools under the Right to Education (RTE) Act is likely to be made online from the next academic year, according to sources in the Department of Public Instruction.
Applications for admissions at private and aided schools under the RTE quota for the academic year 2015-16 are expected to be available from December. A few days ago, department officials held a meeting and discussed how to introduce the online system.
Sources said the department is thinking of issuing applications online free of cost as a first step.
As the number of applicants for RTE seats is increasing year by year, it has become difficult for block education officers (BEO) to keep track of them, and forward the applications to schools, sources said. “Along with applications, we are also thinking of making the seat allotment process online,” they said.
For this purpose, they are in touch with the National Informatics Centre for setting up a dedicated website. The final decision will be out in a few days, sources said.
However, some officials opined that the online process will make the admission process difficult for parents from rural areas. “Most parents in rural areas are not computer literate and making the RTE process online will make it difficult for them to apply,” they said.
“We have heard of similar difficulties from parents when the Karnataka Examinations Authority introduced an online system for admission to professional courses,” another official said.