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Private schools seek govt help to keep students under RTE rule

Private schools seek govt help to keep students under RTE rule

TNN Oct 20, 2013, 04.08AM IST

COIMBATORE: Association of private schools in the city has demanded that the government support schools that have admitted students under the RTE Act.
In a meeting held in the city on Saturday, the organisation said they were unable to run the schools by admitting students under the Right to Education (RTE) Act without government support.
They said the government should reimburse the fees of the 25% of the students admitted under the act at the erarliest. They also said the state government should provide same benefits to students admitted under RTE Act similar to the students of government schools.
"A good number of schools in the region are unable to function without getting the reimbursement immediately," said S Mayadevi, president Private School Welfare Association.
She was speaking to reporters after a general body meeting held in the city on Saturday.
Schools have been mandated to provide free admission under the RTE Act, for students belonging to the economically disadvantaged sections.
Government had promised to provide reimbursement of fees of these students admitted under the act. However, schools have been complaining of non-availability of the promised amount.
Mayadevi said many of the schools, functioning especially in the areas of the lower and middle income groups, are facing severe economic constrains. This will make their conditions worse.
"We run schools without any support from the government. Therefore the government should reimburse the amount at the earliest. Government should give them the same benefits given to students in government schools," she said.
She accused the state education department of taking stringent action for minor mistakes and errors. "The department is closing down schools without the required land area.
However, government had formed a committee to look into the matter and they have not yet submitted their report. Meanwhile, the department is taking action to close down schools. The closing down of schools in the mid of the academic year will affect students and teachers," she said.

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