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Over 3,000 unaided private schools in the state are firm about their decision to not admit students under the Right to Education Act quota until the government clears their dues for the past five years. While the government claims that it owes schools only about Rs 150 crores for around 2.60 lakh students, school managements said the figures were at least four times higher. All unaided non-minority schools in the state are required to reserve 25% seats at the entry level for students from economically backward sections. Schools have been doing so since 2012. However, time and again schools have said that they have not been given paid the annual reimbursement for class I onwards. Various private unaided school associations have come to form an umbrella body - Federation of Schools Association, Maharashtra and decided they would wait for the funds to be reimbursed for the students they have admitted starting 2012. "We are discharging our duties of admitting students and giving them good quality education but we cannot continue if we do not get the money," said SC Kedia, honorary secretary, Unaided School Forum. The schools claimed the state has been threatening them with de-recognition and police complaints for some time now. "We have already informed the state that we wouldn't admit students unless our dues are cleared. If the state still sends students to school, it will create a problem among the schools and parents," said Rajendra Singh, secretary, Independent English School Association of Maharashtra. The associations have also filed a writ in the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court. Their petition for reimbursement for students admitted under the pre-primary section is pending in the Supreme Court.

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