Worried parents of children studying in the 29 unauthorised state board (SSC) schools, which have been asked to shut down, are going to approach the education department for help.
With just a month left for the next academic session to begin, parents say finding a good school will be a problem.
“Currently, I am paying a monthly fee of Rs200 in my child’s school. It is difficult to find another school that will charge such a low fee. If the school is shut down, where will I send my child?” said Zayeed Shaikh, whose son studies in Holy Mother English High School in Malvani.
The education inspector, on May 8, issued a notice asking these schools, which are located in the western suburbs, to shut down because they don’t have a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the state government.
PR Pawar, education inspector, west zone, which looks at schools between Bandra and Dahisar, said that the schools were sent three notices asking them to submit their documents, but had failed to do so.
Although Pawar has assured students that they will be admitted to nearby schools, parents say it will not be easy to find good schools for their children. “The school should have informed us about the recognition status. Now, what will we do?” said another parent, whose daughter studies in Class 6 in Holy Mother English High School.
HT spoke to a few schools on the list. Neeli Esherra, supervisor at Holy English High School, Malad, said that they have received a notice from the education inspector but there is nothing to worry. “We have got notices earlier too, but nothing happened. We will talk to the education inspector,” said Esherra.
At Rosy Mary High School, Malvani, Mohammad Siddique, a trustee, said he was shocked to hear about the education department’s decision to shut his school. “We have an NOC from the government for Class 1 to Class 4. We submitted all the documents for Class 5 to Class 7 in 2010, but have not got a reply from the authorities,” said Siddique, whose school currently accommodates 500 students.