The court was informed that there were 9,301 schools in the state in the private domain, of which 8,888 had applied for fresh recognition up to March 12 and 421 had failed to submit their self-declaration form despite several reminders.
The information was submitting during the resumed hearing of a petition filed by Balraj Singh of Gurdaspur district along with other persons from various districts. Disposing of the case, the court directed the state authorities to continue with its action against the defaulter schools and submit the compliance report by November 11.
The petitioners had submitted that various elementary/primary schools in the state were neither following any uniform curriculum nor having proper building infrastructure. It was added that there was no accountability of the student-teacher ratio in these schools, ultimately resulting in deterioration of the standard of education.