The State government on Monday released Rs. 45 crore to the Education Department for reimbursement towards the fees of seats allotted under the RTE Act quota in private schools across the State.

The move comes after private school managements of the CBSE and ICSE schools earlier this week threatened to refuse admissions under the RTE Act quota for the next academic year, as they had not received the government reimbursement for the RTE Act seats for this academic year that was due by September this year.

The reimbursement ceiling is fixed at Rs. 11,848 a year for a child admitted to Class 1 and Rs. 5,924 a year for a child in the LKG class.

Commissioner, Public Instruction, Mohammad Mohsin told The Hindu that private schools can claim their reimbursements from their block education officers. L.R. Shivarame Gowda, chairman of the Karnataka Federation of Independent Schools Management, said, “While we are happy that they have met our demand for release of funds, we want the government to address our other concerns such as increase in reimbursement ceiling as well as address false income certificates issue.

Until the government calls for a negotiation, we will not take back our stand on refusing admissions under RTE Act quota for next academic year.”

CBSE and ICSE schools can contact respective block education officers to claim it