Madhya Pradesh govt to form regulatory body to keep track of playschools

  • Shahroz Afridi, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Apr 25, 2015 18:53 IST

With the mushrooming of playschools in Madhya Pradesh, the government has decided to form a regulatory body to ensure good-quality schooling to children and maintain fees.

Academician Prof Ramesh Dave said the regional office of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) inspected only playschools for resources.

The need of the hour is to form a regulatory body that would keep track of the playschools.

“At present, there are no clear norms for playschools,” said Dave.

He stressed that there should be a policy for playschools that should specify quality of non-formal schooling and early childhood care.

Specific norms and qualification for the teachers should be made and the body should ensure that the norms were implemented.

The Play Schools Regulation Bill, 2015 was introduced in Parliament on March 13.

The government will soon notify it in the official gazette and then constitute the Play Schools Education Authority to regulate the functioning of playschools and conditions of service for teachers working.

The authority will also decide upon the student-teacher ratio and parameters for the fees depending upon the infrastructure.

Most importantly it would develop a mechanism for playschool registration and its recognition.

“Schools from Class 1 onwards are given recognition by the district education office and for Class 9 and above it is mandatory for a school to be registered with the state education board as well but we don’t have any rules for playschools,” said RK Tiwari, incharge of the RTE Cell in Rajya Shiksha Kendra.

NCTE’s regional director didn’t respond to the calls.

“In the present system, non-formal schooling is unregulated and is completely in private hands. Foundation of the kids now depend more on the playschools as parents prefer to send their children to playschools to get basic training before getting them admission into a mainstream school. We expect constitution of playschool regulatory authority in the state soon,” said Nitesh Lal, coordinator of Shikshak Morcha.

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