2 yrs on,Education Dept fails to finalise per-child expense

The UT Education Department seems to be moving at snail’s pace in complying with the provisions of the Right to Education Act.

Published: May 14, 2012 2:50 am

The UT Education Department seems to be moving at snail’s pace in complying with the provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

While two years have passed since the act was enforced in the city,the department has failed to specify the per-child-expenditure to be paid to the schools with regard of educating underprivileged children.

While private schools have been citing ‘undue delay’ by the department in progressing with the reimbursements,the department has chosen to be a silent spectator.

The Independent School Association (ISA) had last year suggested the per-child-expenditure amount to the administration. However,the department,while referring to the provisions of the act said the amount would be decided on the basis of the expense incurred on children in city government schools.

However,the department officials,including UT Education Secretary VK Singh and DPI (Schools) Sandeep Hans had said,“We will finalise the amount very soon. The process is nearing completion.” However,no developments have been reported in the last one year.

As per the provisions of the act,all private schools,except unaided minority schools,are supposed to reserve 25% seats for children from economically weaker sections (EWS) of society. The schools are entitled to receive reimbursements for the expenses incurred to educate the children.

There are a total of 63 private schools which come under the purview of the RTE Act. Of these,about 33 schools have admitted the RTE seats in full capacity this year,and their status remained the same last year,as well.

While the department had asked the schools to furnish the bills to claim last year’s reimbursements,it has failed to respond till date after some of the schools provided the bills in January this year.

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