NAGPUR: More and more schools are now standing up to the state government and questioning why they should give free admissions under Right To Education (RTE) quota if all pending bills are not paid. Independent English Schools Association (IESA) has decided to approach the court after its Working Committee meet in Pune ratified the proposal.
Rajendra Dayma, co-founder and vice president of IESA said, “We will approach the court to seek an answer on why we have not been reimbursed fully for admissions given till date.” Under RTE Act, schools are obligated to reserve 25% seats and give free admission to students sent by the local education office. The state government on its part pays schools the fee according to the amount it spends on its students annually. In Maharashtra, this amount has been calculated around Rs 13,500 per year.
The dispute is a result of Maharashtra’s failure to pay up the entire amount. So far schools here have received payment for admissions done from 2012-13 and 2013-14. But even for these two years only 66% of the bills have been cleared. Schools have not been informed why the balance amount has been held back and when it will be paid to them. Apart from this, schools have not received even a single penny for 2014-15 and 2015-16. While the latter can be excused as that academic session has just ended, there’s still no clarity on why the government is holding up payments for the previous years.