Schools will now receive a maximum of Rs 17,329 per student as fees for the year. This is up from last year’s Rs 13,474.
Schools have welcomed the hike, though many of them have not received reimbursement for the past several years.
All unaided non-minority schools in the state have to reserve 25% of their entry-level intake capacity for admission to students from economically weaker sections. A recent government resolution , issued by the state school education department, said schools will be given reimbursement of Rs 17,329 or the actual tutition fees, whichever is lower, for RTE admissions.
Schools said raising the limit of reimbursements was necessary. “Our expense per child per year is much more than what the government gives. Hence, we had to pass on the burden to other students by increasing their fees, which is unfair,” said the trustee of a group of schools. “There is also a need for increased awareness about the modalities of the Act, especially for officials in the rural areas of the state.”
But schools are upset that reimbursements for admissions done in the past are still pending. “It is good that they will hike the amount, but they have not given us all our money from the previous years. We have received only a part payment following a high court order,” said Sunita Goenka, trustee of Goenka Associates Educational Trust, which runs four schools in Mumbai and Thane. “We have admitted over 1,000 students in all these years, but have got no reimbursement for our schools in Thane.”
Source : The Times of India