The Online Portal
The Right to Education Act, 2009 made a provision under Section 12(1)(c) by mandating unaided schools to keep aside 25% seats for underprivileged children of society. It allows parents to send their children to a school they consider to be of better quality. The only criterion is the distance between the school and home, rather than financial ability or background. Secondly, students from the economically weaker sections, disadvantaged groups, and relatively privileged children are all in the same class. Uttar Pradesh, being the most populous state of the country, accounting for almost 20% of the country’s population, has the potential to impact overall approximately million children from socioeconomic weaker section in the next eight years by implementing RTE 12(1)(C). However, the report card of Uttar Pradesh till 2014-2015 did not look very encouraging with only 108 admissions in 2011-2014. RightWalk Foundation (RWF) has been spearheading the implementation movement of RTE, primarily Section 12(1)(C) in the state at policy as well as execution level, and has put in years of intensive efforts at all levels of the U.P. government for a state level policy reform on RTE that has potential to impact 600 thousand poor children every year. The system RWF built led to the beginning of a historical change with 4500 admissions across 26 districts of U.P., an improvement by over 80 times in 2015, which reached over 17000 admissions in year 2016. Following the huge success, RWF institutionalized the admission process by building an online portal that requires minimum human intervention for better scaling and transparency. RWF worked with the U.P. Govt. and NIC to implement a fully integrated end to end MIS system for application, lottery and admission process for RTE section 12 across the entire state in order to improve capacity, efficiency and transparency. Unlike MIS systems in other states, the MIS system developed for Uttar Pradesh is one of its kind and is based on the ideas presented by world’s leading educationalists. Post successful implementation of the online portal, Uttar Pradesh witnessed a huge success with 30,754 allotments in 5,000+ school across 58 districts, thus enabling 52,000 children to be admitted in private schools and study there for free, across 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh in three years from 2015-17, creating history.