New Delhi: In a recent announcement, the Gujarat Education Department has announced an additional allocation of Rs 3,000 per child apart from Rs 10,000 reimbursement per child to private schools annually. This has been done for the social inclusion of the children under 25 percent reservation for economically weaker section and disadvantaged groups in private schools (Under RTE Act 2005).
An allocation of Rs 12.92 crore has been done for 30,000 students, which is the target set by the Education Department under 25 percent reserved seats in private schools for the academic session 2015-16. Over 78 percent of this amount, that is 10.20 crore, has been reserved for students from the non-tribal areas. The other 1.81 crore is allotted for students from tribal areas and remaining for children from other reserved categories.
This additional amount is for the provision of school uniforms, shoes, books, transportation facility and school bags among other study material under the reservation norm.
“The main idea behind providing these additional items for the children from disadvantaged groups is that they do not feel left out among children in private schools who come from sound financial backgrounds. This is a step forward for them. This is entirely a state initiative, over and above the reimbursed (Rs 10,000) part to the private schools,” said Mukesh Kumar, commissioner of schools, as reported by Indian Express.
The state Education Department had announced the reimbursement of Rs 10,000 per child annually to the private schools admitting children under the 25 percent reservation norm.