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In undivided Andhra, pvt schools offered only one percent of total seats to deprived sections
As low as one per cent of seats were only given to children from deprived sections by private schools in the undivided Andhra Pradesh state during 2013-14, as against the mandatory obligation of 25 per cent reservation as per the Right to Education Act.

This was revealed in a survey conducted by Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad). The survey report revealed that out of 1.72 lakh seats available under this quota only 358 seats were filled in 2013-14 and in them most were from rural areas.

Out of the seats that were filled, 310 were from rural areas and only 48 were in urban areas. Although there was a marginal increase from the 150 seats from 2012-13, the low in-take rate shows that the RTE Act is not being implemented in the State effectively.

According to a press release, the report also highlighted that while there were 16,722 private schools in the state, only 15 admitted at least one student under the provisions of the Act, leaving the school participation rate at a paltry 0.09 per cent.

The study report also questioned the reliability of the data filed by the Rajiv Shiksha Mission (Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyaan). The report claimed that there were contradictions in the data compiled by the District Information System for Education (DISE) 2013-14 and the Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyaan website from replies obtained by activists.

The other facts compiled in the report included the lack of clarity in defining the documents required and the eligibility of age criteria during the time of admission, ineffective information dissemination and absence of a dedicated authority for creating awareness among beneficiaries.

Besides there was no clear guidelines with respect to selection process as there was no information on format of admission form, timeline and location for selection. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad professor Ankur Sarin stated, "The filling of seats under RTE provisions in Andhra Pradesh against the reserved 25 percent is extremely low? We have carefully analyzed the implementation of this provision across various parameters for better understanding including the challenges leading to the ineffective implementation", he said.

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