EWS bills: UT to reimburse amount to pvt schools

To pay Rs 825 per child per month for 2010-11 session and Rs 865 for 2011-12.

Better late than never. The UT Education Department has finally decided to reimburse the amount to the private schools against the bills submitted by them regarding the expenditure incurred on the economically weaker section (EWS) students during the past three years. The department will pay Rs 825 per child per month for 2010-11 session and Rs 865 per child per month for 2011-12.

The bills of over Rs 84.17 lakh have been pending with the department for the past three years, causing disagreement between the department and the private schools.

Sources in the department said UT Advisor K K Sharma had cleared the file and within a day or two, the office of Director Public Instructions (Schools) would receive orders for formal implementation.

The reimbursement amount has been calculated after considering the recurring expenditure on a child divided by the number of students in the elementary section of the schools. The bills for the session 2012-13 will be considered after the department clears the bills pertaining to the year 2010 and 2011.

A high-powered three-member committee was constituted to look into the reimbursement issue. The committee had submitted its report a few weeks back. The committee consisted of Education Secretary V K Singh, Special Secretary (Medical Education) D K Tiwari and Chandigarh Housing Board Chairman Satya Gopal.

A senior official, requesting anonymity, said the amount had been finalised by the high-powered committee and the advisor had also approved it. "After clearing 2010-11 and 2011-12 bills, the department will consider 2012-13 session," he added.

However, the private schools are not happy with the criteria adopted for calculating the expenditure. "They cannot calculate recurring expenditure because RTE Act says the amount should be calculated as per the expenditure incurred on the teaching of a child. Moreover, the amount the department has decided is not satisfactory," said Independent Schools Association president H S Mamik.

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