Unrecognised private schools get a breather

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Mar 26, 2013 10:35 IST

The Delhi government on Tuesday said they had relaxed norms to ensure unrecognised private schools in the city do not face closure.

“We have already relaxed land norms. Soon, a provisional certificate will be issued by the directorate of education for one year. During this period, schools will be required to complete formalities such as procuring a fire safety certificate, building safety certificate and health certificate, among others,” said education minister Kiran Walia.

Fearing shutdown of thousands of unrecognised private schools by end of this academic session, Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit sought urgent intervention of the Union Urban Development Minister, seeking relaxation of land norms in February.

In 2007, a notification of the Master Plan 2021 made it mandatory for all primary schools to have an area of at least 800 square meters per 5,000 population. Similarly, senior secondary schools were required to have 2,000 square metres per 10,000 population to be able to get government recognition. In 2009, the Right to Education Act gave these schools time till March 31, 2013, to meet the standards prescribed or face a shutdown.

 

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