Govt comes up with RTE fee reimbursement rate fixation and distribution

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Nov 2018 09:00:55


 

Staff Reporter

The School Education Department of Maharashtra Government has come up with the rate fixation for reimbursement of the fees to be given against the admissions done under Right to Education (RTE) Act. It also included the mechanism of distribution of fee amount. The reimbursement for 2017-18 would be given as per the rate fixed for the year 2016-17.


As per new mechanism, before giving reimbursement the Education Officers would constitute the inspection committees at Block Education Officer-level. The committees will tally the names of the beneficiaries from the portals of RTE and SARAL with the names of the students admitted in respective schools. The committees will check the fees being charged by the schools. They will check the resolution of Parent Teacher Association about fees.


The schools asking for reimbursement should have recognition by education department and RTE. The schools running without recognition are not eligible to get the reimbursement. These schools should have done the auditing through Chartered Accountants which have the mention of tuition fees. The students studying in these schools must be Aadhar-registered.

RTE admissions to be done in three rounds

From the academic year 2019-20, the admissions under RTE would be done in not more than three rounds. A fourth round to be treated as fourth one would be conducted after these three rounds and the admissions would be done on First Come First Basis. The schools which are set up on the lands acquired at discount rates would not get fees against the admissions done under RTE.

 

Reimbursement amount is less, say school owners
Though Government has come up with fixation of reimbursement, school-owners say that the amount being paid to schools should be addressed properly. First of all, the reimbursement is pending since last two years. Secondly, the fees reimbursement against each student is very less. Presently Government has fixed Rs 17,000 per student. Many schools charge fees from regular students is much more. The schools argue that the fees they charge from the students admitted other than those admitted under RTE, takes the total expenditure into account.


Dr Sanjay Tayade Patil, President of Maharashtra English School Trustees Association (MESTA) told ‘The Hitavada’, “We have now fed up of pursuing the issue. We had warned Government several times and threatened also of not admitting students under RTE. But that did not work. Government has come up with proper plan is welcome move but it has failed to address the issue of amount of reimbursement.