The Gujarat government in a reply filed before a division bench of the Gujarat High Court on Tuesday stated that in all, there are 1,12,265 seats available in various schools of the state under RTE. It also stated that in all, there are 9,843 schools in Gujarat and this doesn’t include the minority schools. The state also said that of the 9,843 schools, 178 did not give admission to students under RTE claiming exemptions under the Act for being minority institutions.
The submission by the state government came after the division bench headed by Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy sought to know from the state the number of minority schools in Gujarat.
The state also submitted that of the 1,12,265 seats available under RTE, 39,914 seats were still vacant and waiting to be filled in the second round.
A Public Interest Litigation had challenged the state government’s inaction in declaring the second round of admissions under the RTE even as schools had begun the new academic session. The government had argued that the second round was on hold as some institutes had approached the HC claiming extension and the second round could not be held until that matter was deliberated on.
The petitioner, Chandravadan Dhruv, said 45,532 students are yet to be allotted a school under the RTE ACT, as the second round of admissions is yet to begin, leaving their future in a limbo.