Pune: The managements of 112 schools in the city have refused to participate in the ongoing online admission process under Right to Education Act (RTE) because they haven’t received their dues from the government since last three years.
The office of deputy director of education, Pune, has sent notices to schools, warning them of de-recognition if they had not registered by March 31.
Till now, 349 schools have registered for online admissions. “Of the 176 schools in Pune, 26 have not registered. Haveli area has 125 schools, of which 37 have not registered. In Pimpri-Chinchwad, 49 of the 160 schools have refused to register,” stated a press release issued by the education department.
Only private unaided schools come under the provision of RTE, which requires schools to reserve 25% seats in entry level classes to be reserved for students from economically and socially disadvantaged categories of the society.
As per the Right to Education Act, the government has to give reimbursement for every kid who is enrolled in the 25% reserved category. The compensation is fixed as either the annual average cost set by the government after calculating what it spends on a student in government school or as the annual school fee of the respective private school, whichever is less. But private school owners complain that even these guidelines are not being followed.
“The education minister had said in Sangli said that government spends Rs 96,000 per student per year in a government school. But for schools, only Rs 13,474 is earmarked per child,” said Rajendra Singh, president of Independent English Schools Association .
Source: The Times of India