DEHRADUN: Principals Progressive Schools Association (PPSA) has approached the secretary, education seeking his attention into the issue of reimbursement of fee with respect to students admitted to private schools under the RTE Act. It is learnt that many of these schools have not been reimbursed even for the previous academic sessions.
Under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 25% of seats in junior classes of public schools are reserved for unprivileged children. Brightlands School, Scholar’s Home, Summer Valley School and Pine Hall are some of private schools offering seats under the RTE.
Public schools in Uttarakhand have been accepting admissions under Right to Education-2009 since academic session of 2011-12. However, some of them, it is alleged, have not been reimbursed fee for the 2012-13 and 2011-2012 academic sessions.
“We have to make timely payments of salary to staff apart from academic and routine expenses. And not getting the reimbursements becomes a major problem. Even if the fee is being reimbursed in some cases, it is being done at the rate of Rs 1,380 per month, whereas in senior classes, the fee is higher. How will the difference be compensated?” said an agitated Prem Kashyap, president of the PPSA, who is tired of complaining repeatedly to various officials in the education department.
Every year, over 800 seats in the best private schools in the city are offered to unprivileged children and while schools pay their fees tentatively, the government is supposed to reimburse them as per rules.
Speaking to TOI, MC Joshi, secretary, secondary education, said, “Yes, I got the complaint letter from the PPSA and the budget has already been released for admissions under RTE in classes from Class I to Class VIII.”
He added, “However, schools who haven’t received the amount sanctioned yet can approach the district education officers or director, primary education. I will direct the officials again to look into the matter and address this issue urgently”
There are 32 public schools in Doon which are offering seats under the RTE. But without reimbursements, the schools claim that it becomes a huge loss-making scheme for them and even after repeated reminders and assurances, the problem persists.
Source – Times of India