How to apply for Tamil Nadu RTE Admissions 2023

With the aim to provide free education to children hailing from economically weaker and disadvantaged sections under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, the Tamil Nadu Department of School Education has started school admissions at the entry level for the academic year 2023-2034. This article furnishes details regarding RTE norms and application procedures for Tamil Nadu RTE admissions 2023.

The Tamil Nadu Department of School Education is processing school admissions with the intention to provide equal and free education for all children at the primary level. Tamil Nadu RTE admissions 2023 are kept open for children from economically weaker sections (EWS) and disadvantaged categories, whose parents/guardians would like to seek admission to private schools free of cost in the state for the forthcoming academic year 2023-2024. The TN Government will bear the complete cost including fees, uniforms, books, and notebooks as per the RTE Act norms implemented in 2009 by the Central Government.

Education, a basic human right for every citizen minimizes poverty, and social inequalities/discrimination, and empowers women. It helps to promote an individual's life regarding employment, business, lifestyle, and the nation's peace and prosperity. Making amendments to the policy of educating Indian nationals has become essential. Thus, the Right to Education Act was implemented in the year 2009 by the then government, and the right to education has been made constitutionally a fundamental right for the citizens of India.

Right to Education Act (RTE)

Being the most important enactment, the Right to Education Act (RTE) passed in the year 2009 came into existence in 2010 as a watershed in the Indian educational system providing equal rights to all citizens. The Act has been entitled as the "Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act and the State shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of 6 to 14 years in such manner as the State, may by law determine." The principles of the Act are as follows-
  • According to this RTE Act, the right to education has become a fundamental right and was removed from the state government policies list.

  • As a consequential ordinance to make amendments to the educational policy, this includes the vocabulary "free" in the title. It denotes that every child has been given free and compulsory education without any fee or any other charges in a school not governed by the state. This should not be a barrier for children between six to fourteen years of age group to complete his/her elementary education.

  • Thus, the government is obligated to make sure the admission process, regular attendance, and completion of elementary education passably for all these children.

  • Basically, this legislation makes it mandatory that all private schools need to reserve 25% of their seats for children from economically weaker and socially underprivileged sections. This provision has been incorporated in Section 12(1)(c) of the RTE Act. All schools in the State including private, aided, or special categories ought to reserve 25% of their seats at the entry level for children from the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and disadvantaged groups. This provision has been aimed to attain social integrity. The central government would reimburse the funds (fees and other expenses) through the state government to the above-mentioned private schools on account of this provision.

Through this amendment, enrolment of students in the class between six-eight has raised by 19.4% during the period 2009-2016. The drop-out percentage from schools between 6-14 years has been down considerably to 3.3% in rural areas as per the sources of the government bulletin.

According to the norms of the Right to Education Act 2009 to provide free and quality education, private schools/government-aided schools in Tamil Nadu and other states need to reserve 25% of their seats for children from EWS and underprivileged sections. Admission to fill these seats has been processed through a computerized lottery system.

How to apply for Tamil Nadu RTE Admissions 2023?

The application process for Tamil Nadu RTE Admissions 2023 is activated and registration has begun on April 20. May 18 is the last date to apply for admission as per the schedule issued by the directorate of private schools. Parents who wish to seek admission into private schools may apply online through the official website of the Tamil Nadu Department of School Education at

Notification regarding the applications which have been accepted will be published on May 21, 2023 on the official website.

Apart from applying online, parents may also apply directly at the chief educational officer/district educational officer's offices without any fee if not aware of the process of online application. While applying for Tamil Nadu RTE School Admissions 2023 the parents need to provide the documents like an income certificate, address proof, birth certificate, etc.

If the number of applications is more than the available seats in the schools there will be a session of the random lottery system, which will be held on May 23. The selected candidate list will be published on May 24 and the students are required to join the school prior to May 29, according to the bulletin issued by the directorate.

As per the norms of the RTE Act, approximately 94000 seats in almost 8000 private schools in the State have been available for children from EWS and DG at the primary level, (LKG-class 1) under the RTE quota this academic year 2023-2024.


Incorporating the right to free and compulsory education for all at the primary level as a fundamental right almost six decades after independence has been the right step to achieving equality in education. However, the government and academic stakeholders need to focus on a uniform educational system throughout the country to promote equality in all levels/sections and further unity around the nation for future generations.


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