Continue RTE admissions or face de-recognition: Maharashtra govt to schools

Pranita Roy
Saturday, 27 January 2018

Pune: Private and unaided schools in the city have received a letter from the State government to continue Right to Education (RTE) admissions, failing which they will be de-recognised.

The Independent English School Association has claimed that the government is yet to remunerate around Rs 800 crore for RTE admissions. However, RTE activist from the city questioned why private schools hadn't taken up this issue during the academic year.

Pune: Private and unaided schools in the city have received a letter from the State government to continue Right to Education (RTE) admissions, failing which they will be de-recognised.

The Independent English School Association has claimed that the government is yet to remunerate around Rs 800 crore for RTE admissions. However, RTE activist from the city questioned why private schools hadn't taken up this issue during the academic year.

RTE activist Mukund Kirdat said, "It is unfair that parents are suffering because of the conflict between the State government and private schools. These private schools do not approach the State government, nor seek judicial help throughout the year. They pick up the issue of RTE funds reimbursement just when the admissions are supposed to start."

He added, "Certainly, these schools face problems because of insufficient funds in the account and for which the parents and activists are ready to help them in pressurising the government for refunds. The State has also not denied that schools get only a partial amount. Only that they should process these issues during the functioning of the academic year." 

He further said that another problem is private schools justifying their act of fee hike by reasoning less funds received from the government to provide education to RTE admitted children. On condition of anonymity, a source stated that in 2015, private schools had received only 30 per cent of the refund amount, which was Rs 100 cr. Even this year, the State Education Department in Pune has stated that only Rs 70 cr out Rs 100 cr dedicated for RTE can be used by schools. This amount is restricted to Pune division schools only. There are many schools, which have not received any funds from the State government. 

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