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Eileen Singh, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, July 24, 2013
Claims made by the education department that most of the inspections to get recognition under the RTE Act have been completed and that only a handful of schools are left, fell flat as the figures reveal a different story.
According to the data available on the website of the education department, out of total 32 private senior secondary schools in Chandigarh, only two schools are recognised under the Right to Education Act.

The two schools include Bal Niketan Model School, Sector 37 and Strawberry Field World School, Sector 26.

Meanwhile, out of 23 private high schools only six are recognised, whereas the education department claims that inspections are almost complete.

Out of 32 prominent senior secondary schools in city, where thousands of students take admissions every year, only two schools were able to renew their recognition according to the website. The 32 schools that the department website lists include aided and un-aided private senior secondary schools.

Four committees were formed to see that all schools are covered for inspection in order to give recognition, but they have failed to do so it seems.

DPI (schools) Upkar Singh, UT education department, when contacted said: "The recognition is under process and most of the work has been completed. There are 32 schools and only a handful of schools are left now. The inspection has been carried out at schools and all schools will be recognised soon. We started with the schools, whose expiration date was the oldest, which is why the delay occurred."

Preetam Singh, whose ward studies at KB DAV said: "This is a serious issue and has been raised time and again. We welcome the move, after all who doesn't want that their child studies in a good and recognised school?"

An education department official requesting anonymity said: "There has been a delay for sure and the laxity was shown by both the education department as well as the schools. The schools were supposed to submit their self-declaration forms in 2011, after which the inspection was to be conducted. Those schools that provided the forms were inspected on time, while those who did not were left out, thereby causing the delay. The department too for some reasons failed to upload the details on its website."

Recognised senior secondary schools

Schools                                      Recognised up to
Bal Niketan Model School                  31.03.15
Strawberry Field World School           31.03.16
Recognised high schools

Schools                             Recognised up to
Ashiana Public School               31.03.15
Kundan International                    31.03.15
DC Montessori                           31.03.15
RIMT World                              31.03.15
Chitkara International                  31.03.14
Recognised Middle School

Schools                               Recognised up to
Nav Bal Niketan                         31.03.14
CL Aggarwal                              31.03.15
Little Flower, Manimajra             31.03.15
Kids-R-Kids                               31.03.14
Sanawar Montessori                    31.03.15