Pvt schools to be reimbursed Rs 1190 per EWS child

Delhi govt says the amount is equal to per child expenditure in government schools


Jasleen Kaur | April 11, 2012

The Delhi government has decided to reimburse a maximum of Rs 1,190 to private schools for children admitted under the economically weaker section.
Under the Right to Education Act (RTE), the private schools must reserve 25 percent of its seats in class one for students from EWS. All private schools have completed admission process of the EWS except some Christian minority schools, which went to court and got the stay order.

This is first year the government will reimburse school fee to the private schools on yearly basis. The next year's process will be decided on the basis of feedback received from schools by the end of this year.

The amount fixed is the maximum limit. The cost per child or what school is actually charging from a child or Rs 1,190 - whichever will be less will be reimbursed.

Guidelines in this regards have been issued by the directorate of education under the Delhi government.

Amit Singla, director, education, said, "Rs 1,190 is per child expenditure in government-run schools.”

Also, the directorate had received complaints that some private schools in order to avoid giving 25 percent reservations to students from EWS reduced the total number of seats at the entry level. And they later increased it in higher classes. The government has given a notification asking schools to have seats equivalent to the highest number of seats they had in the last three years. "The schools can have more than that number but definitely not less," said Singla.



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