Chennai | Private schools reject right to education act

Chennai: Private schools in the state are threatening not to admit students under the RTE Act because the government has not paid the fees due to them for admitting such students for three years. The Tamil Nadu Nursery, Primary, Matriculation, Higher Secondary Schools and CBSE Schools Association has warned that private schools in the state would not admit students under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act if the state school education department failed to reimburse the fees it had to pay the managements for students admitted under the 25 per cent free category by the end of May 2015.

While celebrating its silver jubilee on Thursday, the association passed several resolutions, including the demand for reimbursement of RTE fees. Speaking to reporters at the celebrations, Mr K.R. Nandakumar, secretary of the association, alleged that private schools in the state admitted lakhs of students under the 25 percent free category in the RTE Act over the past three years but the school education department did not reimburse the fees.

“If the department fails to pay the pending Rs150 crore to us we will not admit students under the RTE Act,” Mr Nandakumar said, adding that they would also explore the possibilities of moving the court to get the money from the government.“With the RTE Act in place students are promoted up to class 8 without examination because of which many students do not study well and fail in class nine and so government should revert to the older system,” they said.

Asked about the complaint of the schools, a senior school education department official said that they had not received any representation from the schools about the RTE issue and if they receive it the department would look into it.

Source: Deccan Chronicle

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