Trichy | Rs 1.3cr to be reimbursed to schools

Trichy: As per the Right to Education (RTE) Act, Rs 1.3 crore will soon be reimbursed to schools in the district as the inspector of matriculation schools has begun collating details such as bank accounts and IFS code of the institutions. The funds will be directly credited to the bank accounts of the schools. The inspector will pass on the details to the state education department to facilitate the disbursal of the amount.

Around 98% of the total 2,088 seats in the district have been filled under the RTE Act by the school education department.

It was decided at a recent meeting convened by the inspector of matriculation schools, P Vasantha to collate particulars of the schools that have admitted students under the RTE Act. The district has 106 high and higher secondary private schools and 348 nursery schools. Under the Act, all private schools have to allocate 25% of the total seats to poor students free of cost. Priority should be provided to students hailing within 3-km radius of the school. However, schools run by minorities do not come under the Act.

Recently, private schools had decided not to admit students under the Act, citing delay in reimbursements as the reason. The schools were never reimbursed for the past three years and the association members of private schools decided to stop admitting students. About Rs 115 crore was due to the schools. Recently, a sum of Rs 97 crore was sanctioned for reimbursement purpose.

In 2013, private schools in the district were facing a deficit of Rs 40 lakh. In 2014, it increased to Rs 90 lakh. With such huge financial deficit, private schools took up the issue with the education department.

Vasantha said particulars such as bank account, IFSC are being collected from schools, which will be submitted to the state education department.

She added that the disbursal will begin in the next few days once all the particulars are updated. The amount will be directly credited to the bank accounts of the schools, she added.

Source: The Times of India

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