The Constitution (Eighty-sixth Amendment) Act, 2002 incorporated Article 21-A into the Indian Constitution, making it a Fundamental Right to provide free and compulsory education to all children aged six to fourteen years in such a manner as the State may decide. Every child has a right to full-time elementary education of adequate and equal quality in a formal school that follows certain basic norms and requirements, according to the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.
The RTE Act came into effect from 1st April 2010 onwards. As per this act, Free education will be given to all children of 6-14 years of age by the government except those children who are admitted by their parents in schools that are not supported by the government. All states of India provide Admission under the RTE quota every year. Now, the process is online and it easier than before to apply for RTE Quota admission in India. In this article, we are discussing RTE Admission for sessions 2021-22. All important info regarding the Admission process, dates, schools list, etc. is given.
RTE Admission 2021-22
If you are interested in the admission of your child under RTE, you must be aware of all key extracts of the RTE act. Below is the key information that you can’t miss:
- Every child of the age of 6 to 14 years shall have the right to free and compulsory education.
- The RTE act also states that if a child above six years of age has not been admitted to any school or though admitted, could not complete his or her elementary education, then, he or she shall be admitted in a class appropriate to his or her her age.
- No school or person shall, while admitting a child, collect any capitation fee and subject the child or his or her parents or guardian to any screening procedure.
- As per the RTE Act, no school can deny the admission of the child for lack of age proof.
- After the end of elementary education, no pupil accepted to a school shall be left back in either class or expelled from school.
- No child between the ages of 6 and 14 years old shall be exposed to physical or mental abuse.
- Teachers must be punctual and regular in their attendance at classes.
Eligibility Criteria for RTE Admission
Let’s find out what is the required eligibility criteria for admission under RTE quota
- As per the RTE Act, 25% of seats in private schools will be reserved for children belonging to EWS (Economically Weaker Section).
- The annual income of the family of the child applying under the RTE quote for admission must not exceed Rs. 3.5 Lakhs Per Annum
- Children of migrant workers, orphans, children with special needs, children of street workers are eligible for admission under RTE Act
RTE Admission: How Priority is Given?
The admission under RTE quota is given by considering the below given priority table:
- Orphan child
- A child in need of care and protection
- Kindergarten children
- Children of child labor/migrant labor
- Children with Mental Illness / Cerebral Palsy, Children with Special Needs / Physically Handicapped and Handicapped
- (ART) Children receiving anti-retroviral therapy
- Children of military/paramilitary/police personnel martyred during duty
- A parent who has an only child and that child is only a daughter
- Children studying in state government-owned Anganwadi
- Children of BPL family of all categories ( SC, ST, SEBC, General, and others) with marks from 0 to 50
- Scheduled Caste ( SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) category children
- Socially and Educationally Backward Classes / Other Backward Classes / Nomadic and Liberated Caste Children
- Children in General Category / Non-Reserved Class
Important Documents for RTE Admission 2021-22
Before filling the application form, one must know which documents are required during RTE admission process.
In the above section, you came to know about the eligibility conditions. Along with this, you must also be aware of the documents required in order to apply for admission under RTE 25% quota. Here is the list of required documents:
- Government ID Proof of Parents: The parents of the child must present the Govt. issued ID proofs when asked. The acceptable Government IDs are – Aadhaar Card, Voter ID Card, Central/State Govt’s employee card, Ration Card, Birth Certificate, Passport
- Identity Proof of the Child: The ID documents of the child (whose admission is being done) are very important. Parents may give the Aadhaar, Birth Certificate, or Passport of the child when required during the admission process.
- Child’s Photographs: It is important to keep the recent passport-size photographs of the child handy. if you are filling
- Income Certificate: As mentioned above, in the eligibility section, the annual income of the parents is considered and is an important eligibility factor. So, it is very important for the parents to present the Income certificate (issued by the revenue department) when required.
- In Case of admission of a child of migrant workers, street workers relevant documentation will be required for example – Migrant worker certification & street worker’s registration proof
- Orphans and children with special needs will also have to produce the relevant certificates i.e. Orphan Certificate, Disability certificate etc.
What is the Process of Child’s Admission under RTE Quota
Before we share the step by step process to apply, let’s understand the overview
- Applicant finds eligible schools nearby.
- After that applicant fills in the online or offline application form and submit it & take the print out
- Now, the filled-in application form along with all the relevant documents is submitted to the schools. For every school, a separate application needs to be submitted
- It is worth noting that the state schools and Navodaya Vidyalayas don’t conduct any screening process before admission. However, if you have applied for RTE admission in any private school, the child might be asked to participate in the screening process
- The selected students are notified by the school and an admission letter is issued.
Where to Find List of Eligible schools for RTE Admission
We hope that at this time, you are aware that RTE admission is readily available in All government-affiliated & Navodaya schools. However, for admission in private schools under the RTE quota, the parents need to dedicate some time. They will, first of all, need to find out the private schools that allow admission under RTE.
If you are such parent & looking for schools nearby, follow these steps:
- First of All, you need to visit the Official RTE Portal of your State.
- There you can locate a section namely “Schools List” or “Eligible Schools” (or any other similar name). You need to download the complete list. Then you can check the eligible schools nearby.
- You can then visit these schools with your printed applications and required documents and apply for your Child’s admission under Right to Education Quota.
RTE Admission Time-Table | Start & End Date of Admission for Session 2021-22 Under RTE Quota
Kindly understand that there is no common schedule for all states. Every state decides the RTE Admission schedule independently. To find out the date & time of RTE admission commencement, you must navigate to the official RTE portal of your state. Kindly refer to the table given at the end of the article.
RTE Admission 2021-22 | How to Apply & Fill Online Application Form – Registration Process Explained
Every state has set up dedicated RTE Portals. There is no universal portal for all states. So, the applicant must be aware of the portal. The complete list is available at the end of this article. Here is the Process:
- Visit the Official RTE Website (of your State)
- The official portal is equipped with all information regarding RTE Quota. Take a look at image below : For explanation purposes, we have used the screenshot of UP RTE Admission portal
- The latest information will be under the “Latest News” section. The applicants are advised to study all the latest notifications first.
- Then, in order to apply online, Go to the “Online Application” Section
- First of all, user registration will be done, after that the user can log in to the RTE portal and complete the online application form.
- The filling of the online application form includes providing basic information about the applicant, selecting schools, etc.
- After submitting the application, take a printout for future references.
Note The steps given above only guide you, if you need a detailed guide for RTE online admission application process, you must download the user manual available at your state’s website.
RTE Admission – How to Check Online Application Status
Once you have applied for RTE Admission, you may use the online status checking facility to track your application. To do so, navigate to the official portal & head to “online application status” page.
- Now, provide your application number (generated after application submission) & Date of birth. Then hit the “Submit” Button to confirm.
- You will be able to check the status of your RTE Admission application online
Statewise RTE Admission Portals
As mentioned before in the article, every state has its own portal for managing admissions under the RTE quota. if you don’t know your state’s official RTE Admission portal, check the list below :
Important Questions and Answers Related to RTE Admission
In which scenarios admission given under RTE quota can be cancelled?
If the application seems suspicious in anyway, the school has the right to cancel the admission. The examples include – Wrong information given during application submission.
What can parents do if the school refuses admission?
Following the online enrollment, the school must be contacted after school hours with the required supporting documentation. You will be asked to provide the appropriate documentation by the school. And if you have any of the proper documentation, if the school declines to admit you, you must instantly contact the District Education Officer / District Primary Education Officer / (meet the District Education Officer).
What is the Age Limit for Admitting the child under RTE Clause?
Children who have applied for admission in Std-1 under RTE and have not completed 6th year of age on the date of admission will not normally be admitted in primary school.
However, if a child wants to be admitted at the age of five, he will be admitted, but he must have completed five years of age on June 1 of that year.
Is it possible to change the selection of schools after First round of admission?
Yes, after the first round of RTE admissions is revealed, students must go to the school and apply for admission within the time frame. In addition, the school must deliver all relevant documentation on time and upload them to the web portal. A student’s RTE registration will be cancelled if he or she does not receive admission in a timely manner. Students who are refused entry at the end of the first round will be allowed to log in to the online portal at the end of the first round and enter their submission number and date of birth before being sent to the second round. Even if you do not receive an SMS, you will be able to make improvements within the time stated in the school of your choosing by going to the web portal after the first round.