10 August 2018, New Delhi: The largest congregation of budget private schools in India, National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) led by Kulbhushan Sharma, President, NISA and supported by Members of Parliament Mr. B Vinod Kumar, Kareemnagar Constituency, Telangana; Mr. Jitender, MP, Andhra Pradesh; Mr. Prakash and Mr. Balaiah met the Hon’ble Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley at the Parliament, to raise their demands ‘to release the RTE reimbursement amount to schools and challenge the exemption under section 10(23C) (iiicd) for “Not for profit” purposeeducation societies.
submitted the representation and had a detailed discussion on these issues with
Mr. Jaitley, who in turn gave his assurance that he will bring fair treatment
to the budget private schools and support the children studying in these
schools across India.
Elaborating on the
demand, the national
president of the alliance, Shri Kulbhushan Sharma claimed that
the Right to Education Act is a political fraud and NISA has been regularly
advocating for its reform, but no political party has heeded it yet. Budget
private schools across India have accepted the act and they are giving
admissions under RTE Act 2009 Section 12 (1) (C). But the battle between the
state government and central government on the budget and as well as on
releasing the money has been a problem and schools don’t get timely
reimbursements. The delays make their mere existence a challenge.
non-transparency creates misunderstandings between parents and school
management. The parents are not aware of the non-re-imbursement of EWS category
expenses by the government, which inadvertently leads to the schools hiking the
fees of general category students, to meet their ends, while continuing to
provide quality education.
NISA also demanded a
keener look at the exemption under section 10(23C) (iiicd) for “Not for
profit” purpose education societies. Senior members of the alliance
requested Mr. Jaitley to not overlook the extreme injustice meted to private
schools by restricting the limit of exemption to 1 crore. They brought to his
kind notice that the cost of inflation index in 1998-99 was 351,which had
subsequently increased to 1125 by the year 2016-2017. According to the
mentioned figures, the limit should be Rupees 3,20,51,282/-. NISA urges the
government to kindly calculate and fix the exemption to the present inflation
rate and enhance the limit to 4.5crores.
National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) is a platform that brings together
budget private schools (BPS) from across the country to give them a unified
voice to address their concerns about regulatory challenges and to facilitate
quality improvement in schools. As of today, NISA represents 60,000 schools
from 36 state associations which cater to the needs of 22 million children at
an average of 400 children per school.