Schools that fare badly in Class X and XII board examinations are likely to be refused state government grant.
In a major decision,the state government has passed a resolution to change the existing policy of funding private secondary and higher secondary schools. Now,the grant will depend on the Class X and XII board results of the school.
Inflation has been cited as one of the reasons for revising the 11-year-old policy.
However,while the government has increased the maintenance grant by 33 per cent for all categories,the reduction is 100 per cent. This effectively means schools that fare badly in the exams will get no grant that year. This financial penalty is applicable to both maintenance and salary grants. Depending on board results,the state government will divide the maintenance grant in different slabs,starting from 0 to 100 per cent funding. Also,schools in rural,urban and backward areas will be separately categorised.
Grant-in-aid schools with less than 30 per cent result in either Class X or XII will not be eligible for any maintenance grant. Schools with 70 per cent and above result will be eligible for 100 per cent grant. One increment of both the principal and subject teachers will also be deducted if the previous three years overall school result and individual subject result respectively are less than 30 per cent.
The hike in maintenance grant is a joke. The hike that should have been made three to four times since 1999 has been only increased by 33 per cent, said chief secretary of Sanchalak Mandal Association for grant-in-aid schools in Ahmedabad Jagdish Pandya. In Ahmedabad alone,there are more than 500 grant-in-aid schools, he said.
Another blow to grant-in-aid schools is reduction in grant based on board results. We would suggest the education department first improved results of government-run schools where despite 100 per cent funding,results are as low as 0 per cent, he added.
The resolution states that the implementation of this policy would be from the academic session 2013-14.