Bengaluru: The RTE seat allotment process is throwing up strange problems, especially for illiterate parents.
Here is one example. According to the school list published by the DPI, Madrasa E Zainab school having DISE number 29280602167 has Urdu as its medium of instruction. But on April 28, while allocating the first round RTE seats, a girl named Krithika B (application number 153136), who belongs to the SC category, was allotted a free LKG seat in this school.
RTE activists pin the blame on the online process. According to them, illiterate parents are clueless about applying online, leading to errors. In Krithika's case, her parents used the help of a web operator, who selected an Urdu school while filling the form online. His mistake has cost the kid and her parents dear. Now, Krithika's parents don't want to send her to the Urdu school.
Several similar incongruities have caused parents to knock the doors of the Karnataka Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KCPCR).
RTE task force member Nagasimha G Rao said the best way to avoid such hassles was to allot seats through counselling.