With school admissions becoming more and more difficult in the city because of limited options, the North Corporation has proposed to start recognising schools built on small plots.
The Master Plan Delhi 2021 requires schools to be built on plots measuring at least 800 square metres in order to get recognition. But if the new proposal comes to force, schools that are 600, 400 or even 200 square metres in size will be given recognition. Students studying in these schools will also start getting valid certificates.
The proposal will be brought at a House meeting to be held on Tuesday. If the proposal is passed, it will be put forward to the Union urban development ministry for an amendment in the master plan.
According to leader of the House Mahender Nagpal, the municipal body has been receiving requests for recognition from many small schools but is unable to do so due to constraints in the masterplan.
"In 2007, when the new masterplan was introduced, 36 schools had applied for recognition but they could not get it as they were built on smaller plots. In a situation like this, options for studying are getting hampered in the city where getting children admitted to a good school has become a mammoth challenge," said Nagpal.
The proposal suggests the masterplan make provisions to ensure the smaller schools do not misuse the recognition. It can do so by putting a cap on the number of sections it can operate from the premises. For example, if the school is built on just 300 square metres, it should not be allowed to run more than eight sections.
A letter detailing the proposal was earlier sent to urban development minister Kamal Nath as well. At present the three municipal schools on the city run 1,700 schools in which 9.8 lakh students are enrolled.