For the social inclusion of children under the 25 per cent reservation for economically weaker section and disadvantaged groups in private schools under the Right to Education (RTE) Act so that they do not feel left out, the Gujarat Education Department has announced an additional allocation of Rs 3,000 per child apart from Rs 10,000 reimbursement per child to private schools annually.
For this, as per the Education Department’s notification issued this week, an allocation of Rs 12.92 crore has been done for 30,000 students — the target set by the Education Department under 25 per cent reserved seats in private schools for the academic session 2015-16.
The additional amount is for school uniform, shoes, books, transportation facility and school bag and other study materials for students admitted under the reservation norm.
Of this amount, a major portion has been earmarked for non-tribal areas. An amount of Rs 10.20 crore, over 78 per cent of the total, has been reserved for students from the non-tribal areas, followed by Rs 1.81 crore for tribal areas and remaining for children from other reserved categories.
“The main idea behind providing these additional items for the children from disadvantaged groups is that they do not feel left out among children in private schools who come from sound financial backgrounds. This is a step forward for them. This is entirely a state initiative, over and above the reimbursed (Rs 10,000) part to the private schools,” said Mukesh Kumar, commissioner of schools.
These items have to be provided by the district education officers through a tender process and the unused amount has to be surrendered at the end of the academic session.
The state Education Department had already announced to reimburse Rs 10,000 per child annually to the private schools admitting children under 25 per cent reservation norm of RTE Act. The academic session 2015-16 is the third year of implementation of 25 per cent seats reserved in private schools for economically weaker section and the disadvantaged groups.
The number has increased from 5,300 in first year (2013-14) to 18,300 in second year and 30,000 in the coming session (2015-16). While, in both the previous years, the education department failed to achieve the target set for the implementation of this rule, the number of seats have been increased, this time again.