Who should pay the fee for 15,000 students from economically weaker sections (EWS), who were admitted in private schools of Haryana last year under a rule of the state government?
Owners of private schools say that the state government and Centre should reimburse the fee under Right to Education (RTE) Act but the state government is no mood to oblige the private schools on their demand. Both parties are ready for a legal battle over the issue.
A social activist Satvir Singh Hooda, who is fighting the legal battle for EWS students since long, asked both the government and private schools not to create hurdles in the way of their admission.
“Both parties should stop the drama and resolve the issue. It’s between government and private schools to pay the fee,” he said.
The issue is being raised by Haryana’s federation of private school associations, which has demanded fee reimbursement from the government.
“As per Haryana School Education Rules, the private schools have to admit up to 10% EWS students and they can charge a fee only equivalent to the government schools,” said an official of the state government.
“But we want the government to frame rules under state law or reimburse the fee under Centre’s RTE Act,” said Kulbhushan Sharma, president of the federation.
“We have been admitting students from EWS for the past four years, but the government has not reimbursed the fee,” he added. “A still better solution is to provide education vouchers of Rs 2,500 per month to all poor students so that they can join a school of their choice,” Sharma suggested.
Source : The Times Of India