The recently compiled data by the UT education department on 85 unrecognised schools in the city to be submitted to the estate office and municipal corporation (MC) to initiate action finds no mention of seven other schools that too have been running ‘illegally’. As per the information gathered from the education department, the case of recognition of seven schools was rejected after inspections by a committee under the RTE Act 2009 in July. The information was collected in the backdrop of a question raised by local MP Kirron Kher regarding the implementation of norms under the Right to Education Act in Lok Sabha on August 5.
According to sources, a total of 22 local schools had applied for recognition, of which two schools withdrew the request. Five others including Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 33; Tender Heart School, Sector 33; Adarsh Public School, Sector 20; and DAV Public School, Sector 39 were given recognition while others are under process of being granted the same. But, as per the question about ‘whether the government had asked all the state governments and UT administrations to declare the number of schools that have been shut down due to non-compliance of rules under the RTE Act’, the reply by the education department, according to sources, clearly states that the case for recognition of seven schools had been rejected after inspection by the committee under RTE Act 2009.
The seven schools were issued notice under Section 15.6 of RTE Rules 2010, according to which the schools that do not conform to the norms, standards and conditions mentioned in sub-rule (1) within three years from the commencement of the Act, shall cease to function. These schools are Saint Hari Public School, Dehra Sahib, Manimajra; Shaheen Public School, Maloya; Goodwill Public School, Manimajra; Alpha Preparatory School, Manimajra; Manimajra Model School, Manimajra; Paradise Public School, Manimajra; and Adarsh Vidya Mandir, Manimajra.
A visit to some of the schools revealed that these continue to run ‘illegally’ despite being issued notice and being denied recognition.
When contacted, Director Public Instruction (schools) Rupinderjit Singh Brar said, “If these seven schools haven’t been added to the list of unrecognised schools, we will do the same and forward it to the estate office and MC officials.”
Meanwhile, education secretary told HT that they were in the process of figuring out what action would be taken against the unrecognised schools in the city, keeping in mind the welfare of the students studying there.
It is worth mentioning here that under Section 18.5 of The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, “any person who establishes or runs a school without obtaining certificate of recognition, or continues to run a school after withdrawal of recognition, shall be liable to fine that may extend to `1 lakh and in case of continuing contravention, to a fine of `10,000 for each day.”
Other schools who had applied for recognition include Bhartiya Adarsh Vidayala, Burail; Deep Public School, Hallomajra; and GN Holy Heart School, Mauli Jagran.
Schools that were denied recognition:
Shaheen Public School, Maloya
Saint Hari Public School, Dehra Sahib, Manimajra
Manimajra Model School, Manimajra
Adarsh Vidya Mandir School, Manimajra
Paradise Public School, Manimajra
Alpha Preparatory School, Manimajra
Goodwill Public School, Manimajra