Employment News-Private convent schools are often accused of collecting arbitrary fees. Many parents have been seen cursing the private school management, but the truth is that basic education is absolutely free in the state. Under Right to Education (RTE), where the education of children of 6 to 14 years is free of cost, while the parents of children coming under the purview of RTE do not have to pay a single rupee in the name of fee even in well-known private schools.
Under the Right to Free and Compulsory Child Education-2009, there is a provision to provide 25 percent free admission to children from disadvantaged groups and weaker income groups relative to seats in pre-nursery and class-I in private schools. Not only this, the government also provides assistance of five thousand rupees annually to the parents of children studying free in private schools for book-copy and dress. On the other hand the government reimburses the fees to the respective private schools at a maximum monthly rate of Rs 450 per student. In this way, RTE paves the way for free education of children in private schools also.
Shoes and stockings charged from textbooks in government schools are also free
In addition to the council schools run by the Basic Education Department, the registered children of classes one to eight in non-government aided primary and junior schools get text books free of cost. Apart from this, in collaboration with the central and state governments, children get free two sets of dress every year, besides shoe-stockings, sweaters and school bags. In this sequence, free lunch is also provided to children up to class VIII in government schools.
Free accommodation facility for girl students
In order to promote girl child education, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Awasiya Vidyalaya also has the facility of free accommodation for girl students of class 6 to 8. There are six Kasturba Gandhi Girls Schools in the district. These schools have free accommodation and food facilities for 600 girl students.