After HT highlighted the state of over 80 unrecognised schools in the UT, the education department has finally sprung into action as it decided to lodge an inquiry to look into the state of these schools.
The district public instruction (schools) has formed a committee which will look into the agenda of inquiry that enlists points the committee members will prepare a report from.
Report to consider:
1. The infrastructure ( as per the RTE Act) of these schools
2. Number of students and staff members
3. Capacity and strength of the government schools located nearby so as to see if students studying in unrecognised schools can be shifted here
DPI (schools) had claimed earlier that the consolidated list of unrecognised schools was to be submitted to the municipal corporation (MC) and estate office to initiate action.
Education secretary Sarvjit Singh told HT, “It is not like we are adopting a soft pedal attitude towards unrecognised schools. We don’t want to shut schools in a rush since it is also our responsibility to ensure that the kids studying in these schools are properly adjusted in other schools as per the Right to Education Act.”
The committee comprises of four members as well as principals of government schools located in and around these unrecognised schools. The panel includes Saroj Mittal, deputy director vocational education; Suman Sharma, deputy director adult education; Prem Joshi, deputy district education officer and circuit auditor (private schools) Raghu. The agenda as per the proposal includes: to look into the infrastructure, strength of students and teachers, capacity of schools in the periphery.
Director School Education Chanchal Singh said the members would have to submit a report within 15 days, depending on which the next course of action will be decided.
As per Section 18 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, no school can be established without obtaining certificate of recommendation, according to which, no school, other than a school established, owned or controlled by the appropriate government or local authority, shall alter the commencement of this Act.
As reported by HT, besides the 85 schools that have been running illegally in the UT, seven other schools continue to operate despite being denied recognition by the education department. These schools hadn’t been included in the recent list combined by the education department.
The committee has been asked to submit the report on the basis of infrastructure ( as per the RTE Act), number of students and staff members, student-staff ratio and the capacity and strength of the government schools located nearby so as to see if students studying in unrecognised schools can be shifted here.