Mumbai: Schools plan to stop RTE admissions due to non-payment of funds by state

Mumbai: More than 3,000 private unaided schools of the state plan to stop admissions through Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009 due to non-payment of reimbursement from the government. Various organisations have come together to form Federation of Schools Association of Maharashtra (FSAM) which claimed approximately Rs 800 crores is pending to be paid.

Under the RTE Act, 25 per cent of admission seats are reserved for marginalised students in private unaided schools. The state government funds the education of these students in the age group of six to 14 years upto Class 8. But in the last five years, the government has not paid the entire reimbursement amount to these schools which has created financial pressure.

The federation claimed since 2012 schools have not received adequate reimbursement. SC Kedia, Secretary of Unaided Schools Forum, said, “We cannot admit students under RTE if the state government does not provide funds for the education of every child. “

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