Private,unaided schools here,in a meeting held Friday,decided to charge 70 to 75 per cent of the total school fees from students admitted under the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) quota.
The Independent Schools Association (ISA) called the meeting to decide about the EWS seats. They took the decision after considering the notification issued by the UT Administration in 2005.
The 2005 notification states that schools must reserve 15 per cent of their seats under the EWS quota and charge nominal fees from them. However,under the RTE Act,schools have to reserve 25 per cent seats under EWS quota.
ISA president H S Mamik said,The UT Education department has decided to give us reimbursement for only 10 per cent EWS students,which means they have included 15 per cent EWS quota in the 25 per cent section under the RTE Act. Thus,in case of the remaining 15 per cent,we have decided to charge 70 to 75 per cent of the fees.
The meeting also witnessed a lengthy discussion on the word nominal mentioned in the UT Education departments notification. Finally,we decided that EWS students to be admitted under 15 per cent quota will be charged 70 to 75 per cent of the schools fees,added Mamik.
Moreover,the schools also said they were ready to admit EWS students but added that the UT Administration should reimburse their pending bills for over two and half years.
After April 10,all vacant seats under the EWS quota will get converted into the general category.