Federation of School Association of Maharashtra called for a bandh on implementation of right to education. Many schools across Maharashtra participated in the bandh and supported. Sources says that around 4,400 schools in Maharashtra were shut today i.e February 25. However, as the statewide HSC and SSC matches are round the corner, they are exempted and not effected by the bandh.

The primary issue is the allowance of reimbursements of only 17,000 per year per child. As per FSAM, the amount is mush less that the tuition fees of most of the schools in the city. Rajendra Singh, representative of Independed English Schools Association said, “Each school has a different fee structure depending on the facilities it provides. Moreover, the GR states that the government will only reimburse the tuition fees, and no other costs, like electricity, land etc.”

Adding to the contention is that for the students admitted under the RTE Act after proper government verification process, the schools have been asled to submit documentation proof of the admissions. FSAM points out that the state lacks the infrastruture to monitor the effective implementation of the RTE Act and suggest that government officials should attend the school to check the implementation. 

Other demands include protecting the school staff against the new rules that hold the school principal responsible for any untoward incident in the bus but instead the bus provider/ contractor. Schools are also requesting the start of “Darja wadh” (permission required for students passing Class 8 and Class 9) online, free books, bag, uniform and stationery material to students under the RTE.

(Sources)

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