Over Rs 600 crore RTE dues of schools pending with Govt

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Dec 2017 09:47:44


Principal Correspondent,

MESTA firm on boycotting RTE process if fees not reimbursed by December 31

MESTA’s demands

Compulsory TC

Regular reimbursement of RTE

Withdraw conflicting circulars/GRs

Reimburse fees to weaker section students for pre-primary admissions

Schools in Maharashtra did not get over Rs 600 crore as the reimbursement amount against the admissions done under Right To Education (RTE) Act since 2012. This has put the schools in a fix as despite categorical High Court order, the School Education department, has failed to reimburse the fees. Even the fees fixed per student is very paltry, but this amount has been held back for reasons best known to authorities.

Founder President of Maharashtra English School Trustees Association (MESTA) Sanjayrao Tayade Patil has warned School Education department that it would not cooperate if the pending amount was not paid by December 31 this year. He further said that the schools will not participate in the RTE admission process.

After the RTE act came into force, it became mandatory for the schools to admit 25% students under RTE quota. Government agreed to pay Rs 14,000 per year for every student to schools. Subsequently, this amount was raised to Rs 18,000 per year per student. According to MESTA, Government has paid some 65% amount of the total amount to some schools, that too, for the academic year 2012-13 and 2013-14, three years later and after a High Court verdict. Not a single penny against the admissions done under RTE in the academic years 2014-15 and 2015-16 was paid to schools.

Tayade Patil told The Hitavada, “There are 12-13 districts where not all schools received the payment. In Nagpur district alone a payment of about Rs 34 crore is not made.” This information was endorsed by Primary Education department of Nagpur.

Till last year the amount was whopping Rs 400 crore. MESTA claimed that it made proper representation and appraised the higher authorities about their plight, but no steps were taken to redress their grievance.

“Till December 31 we will wait after that we will start boycotting the procedure. We don’t want parents and children to face the trouble,” Patil claimed while charging the Education department with “deceiving the schools”. They had promised us during Nagpur convention that all the problems faced by us including delayed payment will be resolved, but precious little has been done so far, Patil rued.
The MESTA has already highlighted issues pertaining to school admissions to the notice to HRD Minister and asked it to address them at the earliest.

Why Govt shows disparity towards private school?

The amount which Government pays to the student of its own school is much higher than the one given as reimbursement to the private schools, the MESTA pointed out. “Government gives us maximum Rs 18,000 per student per year. Even if the normal fees of a school with proper facilities is Rs 40,000 per student for a on-RTE student, by adopting strange logic, the Government reimburses only Rs 18,000 for every student admitted under RTE. But, in cases where school fees is less for non-RTE students, the government pays actual fees. For example, if a school charges Rs 5,000 as annual fees, then Government reimburses only Rs 5,000 per student under RTE. This is unfair and anti-school decision, claims Dr Sanjay Tayade Patil, President of MESTA.