Schools not reimbursed for RTE Act quota students

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Schools not reimbursed for RTE Act quota students

Even as the State and Central Governments brought enormous pressure on private schools to admit students under the quota created under the Right of Children To Free and Compulsory Education ( RTE ) Act, the authorities have failed to reimburse the fees of these students before the September deadline.

The legislation mandated private schools to reserve 25 per cent of the total seats for “children belonging to weaker and disadvantaged groups” in their locality. The students’ fee was to be reimbursed in September and January by the Government as part of a public-private partnership plan to ensure no child between 6 and 14 years was left without education.

Tamil Nadu Private Schools Association president R. Visalakshi said that private schools will be reluctant to admit students in the coming years under the RTE Act quota, if the fee reimbursements were delayed. “Even as the Department of School Education took a lot of efforts in compelling private schools to admit students under the quota, there is absolutely no information on the reimbursement issue.”

Tamil Nadu Nursery, Primary, Matriculation and Higher Secondary Schools’ Welfare Association general secretary G. Krishnaraj said that payment had not been made for a single student. The schools were submitting data on the students admitted under the quota every two months.

Pollachi Private Schools’ Welfare Association president R. Lakshmanasamy said that no information had been provided about which Government official will coordinate the fee reimbursements. Private schools had been left completely in the dark.

Many private schools in the State have complained that they were already undergoing a financial crunch due to “low fee levels fixed” by Private Schools Fee Determination Committee.