Public Schools across Delhi admitted 25% students in nursery from the economically weaker section (EWS) under the Right to Education (RTE) Act this year.
Although on Friday it will be a year since the act came into effect, the schools are yet to receive any communication from the government about the reimbursement.
With just days to go before the schools begin their new academic year, principals are worried about the financial challenges that lie ahead. “To ensure its (act’s) success, the government needs to take into account the financial challenges faced by schools who are trying to give quality education at affordable fees. Our responsibility does not end with just admitting these children,” said Ameeta Wattal, principal of Springdales School, Pusa Road.
Explaining the delay in announcing the amount of reimbursement, education minister Arvinder Singh said, “We were waiting for the budget and now that it has been announced, schools will be informed in 10 days about the reimbursement amount.”
Sources in the department of education said the amount to be given for each child under EWS per month to schools would be approximately R1500.
Schools also said that dealing with the sociological changes that the EWS has brought in the classrooms will be difficult.
“As they do not come from backgrounds like most other children, they need a lot to time to be taught as to how to sit, talk or even use toilets. It is difficult to do so within a limited period,” said Manju Bharatram, chairperson, The Shri Ram School.