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Right to Education fees refund on track: Govt.

Right to Education

10-05-2014

The Times of India

PUNE: State education secretary Ashwini Bhide was in the city on Friday for a review workshop of Pune, Kolhapur and Mumbai divisions. Bhide spoke to TOI on the workshop’s sidelines on a range of issues including reimbursements to schools for Right to Education (RTE) admissions, continuous and comprehensive evaluation of school students and mushrooming of play schools in cities.

Schools have been complaining that they have given admissions under RTE Act from nursery itself, but the reimbursements will be given from Class I.

The RTE Act is binding for children between six and 14 years of age and so the reimbursements will be made only from Class I. If the school’s entry level is nursery, then it will be binding on the school to admit students from that level, as it has been mentioned in the act as well.

Some minority schools have admitted students under 25% reservation quota in 2013 and 2012, but they no longer fall in the RTE ambit as per the Supreme Court. Will schools get reimbursements for these students?

The schools will be reimbursed the fees of these students not just for the current year but all through their primary education, as per the act. We will reimburse the amount as fixed by the state for each student irrespective of what the schools charge. If any school is denying admission, or asking students to pay the fees, our officers will look into the matter.

On rapid mushrooming of play schools in the state

The regulation of pre-primary schools is still under process. The committee has been formed and we are handling that issue step-by-step. Play schools are a modernised version of anganwadis. However, in the past few years, it is true that they have grown in big numbers. We will survey this trend and see how it can be regulated.

On the impact of continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) system introduced in state board schools?

Since the introduction of CCE, there has been a marked improvement in schooling levels in terms of quality of education as students have shown greater interest in learning. Besides, it has also helped in improving the enrolment ratio and reduced the dropout rates in school. Exams and tests alone cannot be a parameter for rating students, overall development has to be tested which is possible through CCE.

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