Students in aided schools in Kerala awaiting uniform allowance

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Kozhikode: A section of students from class 5 to 8, studying in government-aided private schools in the state, are awaiting their uniform allowance for the previous academic year, as the preparations for reopening are in full swing.

The allowance of Rs 600 is given to the students of the government schools jointly by the state and the union governments. However when it comes to aided schools, it is the sole responsibility of the state government to provide the uniform allowance to the students. An average of 2 lakh students are enrolled in each division in such schools.

Students from divisions 1 to 4 have already received their uniform allowances.

It should be noted that the public education department had released an order in March stating that uniform allowance will be transferred to bank accounts of the students. The order also mentioned that the uniform allowance has been allotted for male students studying belonging to APL category in class 1 to 8 in government schools, and students from class 1 to 8 in aided schools, who have not received handloom uniforms. The department also instructed schools to submit the account details of the students along with the bill in the treasury.

Earlier, the money was transferred to the accounts of the school head teachers. There were protests against the circular stating that uniform allowance will be transferred into the student accounts.

A few students up to class 4 in aided schools in different regions received the allowance via the accounts of their school head teachers. This has further added to the confusion.

However the education department now states that they initially had plans to settle the due by March 31, however could not meet the deadline. Now they are planning to release the funds in the month of June.

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