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Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Chandigarh steps up reimbursement process for EWS admissions

Naina Mishra

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21

The UT Education Department has stepped up the process of reimbursing dues of private schools with regard to admitting students of economically weaker sections (EWS) under the Right to Education (RTE) Act. After a long wait of nine years, the schools are now being reimbursed for the education of EWS children studying in higher classes as well.

Till now, the schools had received reimbursement for only the students of the entry-level class. It was contended that an EWS child got free education till Class VIII and the schools must also be reimbursed under the RTE Act for subsequent classes.

Sources claim that the pending amount is estimated over Rs 3 crore is now going to be paid to private schools.

So far, the department is settling the claims up to the 2017-18 session, for which per child cost was decided by the administration. The reimbursement rate for the sessions 2018-19 and 2019-20 is yet to be decided by the administration.

According to the Director, School Education, Rubinderjit Singh Brar, the EWS reimbursement claims of private schools will be settled by March 31. “We have initiated the process of reimbursement and very soon, the department is going to notify the reimbursement rates for 2018-19 and 2019-20 as well.”

In October last year, the Education Department had sanctioned the long-pending reimbursement amount for three years to the unaided schools for admitting EWS students under the RTE Act, 2009. The cumulative reimbursement for three years amounts to over Rs 99 lakh.

The reimbursed expenditure is the extent of per-child expenditure incurred by the state or the actual amount charged from the child by the school, whichever is less. The per-child expenditure of the state was Rs 1,797 per month (2015-16), Rs 2,197 (2016-17) and Rs 2,348 (2017-18).

from The Tribune

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