With over 90% of city schools still to meet infrastructure norms required under the Right to Education Act (2009), the blacklisted schools have been given a second chance. The school education department has given the institutions two months to comply with these norms or else face de-recognition.
As per the RTE act, schools were supposed to comply with ten infrastructure norms stipulated in the act by August 31, 2013.
However, considering that 1,600 schools out of 1,703 in the city have not fulfilled the norms, the department gzve them some extra time.“Majority of the schools have not fulfilled these norms.
It would be impractical to derecognize them all. Hence the extension has been given,’’ said Mahavir Mane, state director of primary education.
Hindustan Times had reported on July 20 that only 103 schools in the city had fulfilled the norms.
Majority of the schools have missed out on implementing two to three norms like kitchen sheds, ramps, and pupil-teacher ratio, which schools say are difficult to follow practically.
Mane added that individual schools will be given time depending on which infra-structure they need to build.
Though relieved, some schools fear the time given might not be sufficient.
Even schools that have been pulled up for not having big classrooms will not be able to meet this deadline.
The RTE requires classrooms to be at least 400 square feet, but most city schools have only 300 to 350 square feet.
''The BMC is not giving permission to expand the classrooms. Most of the classrooms are built according to the rules before RTE,'' said Prashant Redij, vice president of the association of private schools.
Schools that do not upgrade their infra-structure in the time given will have to pay a fine upto Rs 10,000 per day and could lose their recognition.