Recognition of 75 % private schools in MP under ‘threat’
The renewal of recognition of more than 75 % of private-run schools in Madhya Pradesh is under question as most of the institutes do not have qualified teachers.education Updated: May 19, 2016 18:27 IST
The renewal of recognition of more than 75 % of private-run schools in Madhya Pradesh is under question as most of the institutes do not have qualified teachers.
The Right to Education (RTE) Act norms states that a teacher has to have a bachelor of education (BEd) degree or a diploma in education (DEd), depending on the classes in which they teach.
There more than 20,000 private schools, including primary, middle and higher secondary schools in the state. Out of these at least 15,000 schools do not have qualified teachers.
Schools have to apply for renewal of recognition every three years. Many of the schools’ recognition renewal applications are pending with the district education offices as teachers are not qualified.
A number of district education officers have also asked for the advice of Rajya Shiksha Kendra.
New applications for recognition of a number of schools are also not being accepted as the RTE norms clearly state that private school teachers have to be qualified.
Rajya Shiksha Kendra has written a letter to the Centre requesting for an extension of the deadline.
An official, who did not wish to be named, told Hindustan Times, “We have requested the Centre to give the teachers time until 2018, and if recognitions of schools are cancelled then 75 – 80% of private schools in the state will be closed as there are many teachers who have not been able to complete their diploma or degree.”
As many as 65 primary and middle schools in Bhopal have not been granted recognition renewal until now, said district education officer Dharmendra Sharma.
“We can’t renew their recognition as teachers are not qualified in these schools, we are waiting for RSK’s direction, we might consider the cases if RSK tells us to, “ he said.