The state will take action against schools in South Mumbai which shut down classes and use their buildings for commercial purposes.
School education minister Rajendra Darda told the legislative assembly on Wednesday that his department would also take stringent measures against unauthorised CBSE and ICSE schools in Mumbai. “We will introduce regulations within 10 days in this regard,” he said in reply to a calling-attention motion.
The BJP’s Mangalprabhat Lodha and Sardar Tara Singh wanted to know why the state had turned a blind eye to what they termed malpractices undertaken by schools in South Mumbai like New Era, Palm Beach and Hindi Vidya Bhavan.
Darda agreed that two to four schools remained shut every year for renovation.
But he ensured that no such school would be allowed to commercialise its properties.
The minister announced a committee to look into the issue related to schools in Mumbai, especially those in the island city. The school education minister will head the committee that will also include the minister of state for school education, MLAs from the island city and suburbs, the civic commissioner, and bureaucrats from the school education department.
Speaker of the assembly Dilip Walse Patil told the minister that not only schools but even some colleges in south Mumbai were planning to close down for commercial gains. He asked the government to take a policy decision to stop the malpractice. Darda assured that he would take up the issue in the cabinet.
Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse (BJP) wanted a time-bound action plan.
Pravin Darekar (MNS) said that some schools which did not have proper infrastructure had started CBSE and ICSE curriculum in the slums.
Ruling party members Madhu Chavan and Ashok Jadhav (both Congress) demanded action against the schools that replaced the state board syllabus with CBSE and ICSE. The BJP's Yogesh Sagar said that such schools were forcing parents to pay more fees for opting for the CBSE and ICSE.