222 schools filled EWS seats last year, only one applies for reimbursement
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Activists say reluctance of schools to get reimbursement raises doubts whether quota went to right candidates
Amid steps to get the EWS quota implemented under the Right to Education Act from nursery classes this academic year, doubts are emerging over its implementation from (Class I) in city schools last year, with information from monitoring authorities revealing gaps in the process.
While it is mandatory for every private school to submit attendance details of EWS students admitted, of the 222 private schools in PMC limits that had undertaken RTE admissions last year, only one has applied for reimbursement from the state government and provided attendance details to the PMC Education Board, the monitoring authority for schools within PMC limits last year.
Private schools are so reluctant to provide details of students admitted under the 25 per cent EWS quota that they are ready to forgo the Rs 10,000 per student they are entitled to. Of the 373 private schools in PMC limits, 222 had undertaken EWS quota admissions last year. All of them were English medium private schools, and most of them were in camp.
Of them, 125 schools have pre-primary as the entry level and and hence were not entitled to reimbursement until the students admitted under EWS quota reach Class I. In the remaining 97 schools, which had Class I as entry level, are entitled to Rs 10,000 reimbursement per student. To get this money, it's mandatory for schools to submit attendance details of EWS students to the monitoring authority.
Schools not submitting attendance details to the monitoring authority will not get any refund.
"We have been repeatedly writing to schools which, according to our record, admitted students under EWS quota last year. They are supposed to submit attendance records of these students every three months from the time of admission. As EWS admissions were undertaken in June, the first attendance report (June to August) should have come in September and the second in December first week. Based on these reports schools that had Class I as entry level would be reimbursed. However, it's mandatory to submit the attendance report," said an official of the PMC Education Board who did not wish to be quoted.