Thursday, November 25, 2021

Aided Schools : Payment of Maintenance Grant – Certain Instructions issued



 Memo.Rc.No.ESE02-18/14/2021-PS1 -CSE dated:24/11/2021

Sub:- School Education-Aided –Payment of Maintenance Grant – Certain Instructions issued - Regarding. 

Read:- 

1. G.O.Ms.No.1, Education, dated.1-1-1994. 

2. This office Memo. Even.No .Dt..1..9.2.21

The attention of all the District Educational Officers in the state IS invited to the reference read above a number of proposals are being received from them for release of maintenance grant for the private aided management schools functioning under their jurisdiction. But the proposals are not furnishing any factual data about the maintenance of the institutions nor justifying the need. 

2. In this regard, it is hereby clarified that a private-unaided school is primarily a private school receiving certain grant in aid and the school gets recognition provided it fulfills the norms as prescribed under Section 19 of the Right To Education Act and the section is as follows:

19 (1) No school shall be established or recognized under section 18 unless it fulfills the norms and standards as specified in the schedule. 

(2) Where a school established before the commencement before the commencement of this Act does not fulfill the norms and standards specified in the schedule, it shall take up steps to fulfill such norms and standards at its own expenses within a period of three years from the date of such commencement. 

(3) Where a school fails to fulfill the norms and standards within the prescribed specified under sub section (2), the authority prescribed under sub section (1) of section 18 shall withdraw recognition granted to such school in the manner specified under section (3) thereof.

 (4) With effect from the date of withdrawal of recognition under sub section (3) no school shall continue to function. 

(5) Any person who continues top run a school after the recognition is withdrawn shall be liable to fine which may extend to one lakh rupees and in case of continuing contraventions to a fne of ten thousand rupees for each day during which such contravention continues


3. The above section of the Right To Education Act, 2..9 read with Rule 14 of the Rules issued vide GO Ms.No. 2., School Education (PE-Progs.I) .department dated 3-3-2.11 (as notified in Gazette No.1. dated 5-3-2.11) mandates that the private aided/unaided schools have to fulfill the norms at their own expenses within (3) years from the date of enactment of the Act. In case of private aided schools, the grant in aid released by government consists of two components a) teacher salary for teachers @ 1:4. students, and b) maintenance grant ed to support a private aided educational institution in their efforts to provide a congenial environment for the children to prosecute their studies. 

4. In view of the above, whenever a private aided management requests for release of maintenance grant the .District Education Officer has to verify whether the management has fulfilled the norms and conditions for running the school as per Section 19 of RTE Act and Rule 14 of the Rules. A management without adhering to the norms under RTE stands liable de-recognition and liable for fine if still continues to run without fulfilling the norms. 

5. Further, in case of the private aided managements that have fulfilled the norms and seeking sanction of maintenance grant, the .district Education Officer has to verify whether the management furnished their annual administration report under Rule 2. of G.O.Ms.No.1, Education, dated.1-1-1994, by 3.th September at the least. Such report shall be supported by the audited statement of accounts of the school duly audited by the Chartered Accountants. Separate accounts shall be maintained for each school. Similarly the educational agency which is running more than one school shall also submit such returns within the stipulated time to the competent authority. 

6. In view of the above, whenever any private aided management requests for release of maintenance grant the .district Educational Officers in the state are requested to verify: a) whether the Educational agency is adhering to the norms and standards as prescribed under section 19 of the RTE, 2..9 and the Rule 14 of RTE Rules, b) if the norms are fulfilled, then verify whether Administrative report as above for the academic years or not. For example for the academic year 2.18-19 the report shall be submitted by 3.-9-2.19. If not submitted the school within the stipulated time it is not eligible for maintenance grant for the academic year 2.18-19 and like other years also. 

7. If the management fails to fulfill the norms, action should be taken as per Section 19 of the RTE and Rule 14 of the Rules under RTE, and if the management fails to submit the annual administrative reports within the stipulated time, the claims shall be rejected by way of a speaking order. Only those claims of the managements that have fulfilled the norms as per Section 19 of RTE read with Rule 14 and that have submitted the annual administration reports within stipulated time shall be submitted to Director, School Education for further action. 

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