Published On : Wed, Apr 17th, 2019

MESTA boycotts RTE admission process over pending dues

Nagpur: In a move that could jeopardise the ongoing admission process under Right to Education (RTE) Act , the Maharashtra English School Trustees Association (MESTA) has decided to boycott the process over pending dues. MESTA has stated that admissions to private English medium schools would be resumed only after the dues of 2017-18 are cleared by the State Government.

MESTA Secretary Kapil Umale said that a total amount of Rs 24 crore is yet to be paid to private schools who gave admission to students under RTE. Due to MESTA boycott, only 583 children have been admitted so far under the RTE in first round as against 5701 allocated seats. The admission process would conclude on April 26. If boycott of MESTA continues, then the remaining children would find it difficult to get admission to private English medium schools in the city.

The State School Education Department declared to release pending dues to be distributed to schools doing 25 per cent admissions under Right To Education Act (RTE). However, the declaration is vague as it has not specified the time period within which the amount is to be distributed.

Umale said, the Chief Executive Officer of the Zilla Parishad had ordered the payment of the outstanding amount while validating the demand of MESTA. Regardless, its Primary Education Officer is not ready to pay the amount. This forced MESTA to boycott the admission process.