Nagpur | MESTA members press for RTE reimbursements; action promised by weekend

Nagpur: Maharashtra English School Trustees Association (MESTA) members in city met education officials on Tuesday morning to press for long pending payments for admissions given under the Right to Education (RTE) guidelines. It’s been almost three years since schools started admitting students under the RTE quota for free but the government has failed to keep its side of the bargain.

Avantika Lekurwale (Raut), head of MESTA Nagpur’s women’s wing, said, “We have been promised that RTE reimbursements will start coming from this week itself. We submitted a memorandum to the primary education office and had demanded a time frame for implementing our demands.”

Though there are various associations representing teachers, schools etc in state, MESTA has moved into a niche segment, which badly needed a platform. English schools owners banded together under MESTA and after its launch last year the association has managed to carve a space for itself. Free RTE admissions take place mostly in English schools and hence MESTA members are the ones suffering the most due to non-payment of bills. Under guidance of Nana Satpute, president of MESTA’s Nagpur unit and Lekurwale, the members have been upping the ante on education officials for demanding their dues.

Lekurwale said, “Premchand Raut, who handles RTE related affairs at the education department, was also present during the meeting and he said that bills of around 65 schools have been checked. It is likely that these city schools will get RTE reimbursement by this weekend. For rural schools, the wait might be just a bit longer but still it shall happen within two weeks.”

Source: The Times of India

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