Thousand Lights MLA opens RTE facilitation centre at his office | Chennai News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Thousand Lights MLA Dr N Ezhilan has opened a facilitation centre at his office to help people who seek admission for their children in private schools under the Right to Education Act. The centre will help them register on the RTE portal.
Many were unaware about the portal and the process of registration. Several parents approach the private schools in their vicinity in person to seek admission under the RTE Act. Several schools, however, find all possible ways to deny admission to such applicants. According to the Act, 25% of the seats of intake capacity should be allocated to students hailing from poor families.
Knowing the practical difficulties, the MLA launched the campaign at his office on July 14. “The campaign is aimed at filling the huge digital gap between the haves and have nots. Since many find it difficult to secure admission under RTE, we decided to launch the campaign to create awareness and also help the constituency people to benefit under the Act,” said the first-time MLA, who was the physician of late chief minister M Karunanidhi.
Until Thursday, the names of more than 60 students were registered on the portal with the help of the volunteers. Ten of applications were rejected for want of documents.
“We are checking on what ground those applications were rejected and helping the applicants get the necessary documents,” the MLA said.
“Once the process of admission commences, I will visit the private schools to check admission of students under the RTE,” he said and noted that there were 24 to 27 prominent private schools in his constituency.
R Sathish of Valluvar Kudiyiruppu in the constituency was one among the applicants. He registered with the help of the facilitation centre. “I was worried about my son’s education. He was studying in MCC school and now going to Class I. But I was not in the position to pay fees as I am not getting a regular job following the pandemic. After I came to know about the facilitation centre at the MLA office, I approached them. The coordinators are updating the status of the application and exuded confidence of securing admission for my son under the RTE,” said Sathish, who is a daily wage earner.
Documents required for RTE registration: Photograph of the student, birth certificate, Aadhaar/ration card of parents or guardian, income certificate for weaker section candidate, community certificate for disadvantaged group candidate and disadvantaged group special category certificate.


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