92 district schools running without affiliation, body blames tough rules
Gurugram has the third highest number of unrecognised schools among the 18 districts whose data has been released. Panipat with 157 and Faridabad with 134 schools respectively hold the top two positions on the list.Updated: Mar 20, 2019 02:30 IST
At least 92 schools in the district are running without government affiliation, as per figures provided by the state department of school education.
Gurugram has the third highest number of unrecognised schools among the 18 districts whose data has been released. Panipat with 157 and Faridabad with 134 schools respectively hold the top two positions on the list.
District education officer Dinesh Shastri said that private schools were mushrooming in the city unchecked, and it was impossible for the department to keep a tab on all of them.
He also said that the department would initiate enquiry against the schools on the list, but asked parents to be equally vigilant.
“Schools need to apply for recognition from the department but they avoid doing so, since they do not meet the norms that need to be fulfilled for affiliation. It is equally important for parents to check the affiliation of the school while taking admission for their children. They should enquire if the school is recognised or not while applying. Parents should not admit their children to schools that are not recognised,” said Shastri.
District elementary education officer Premlata Yadav said that the files of all the unrecognised schools on the list would be checked.
“The list is not updated, and we will scrutinise it. Some of the schools mentioned in the list have recently applied for recognition and the process is underway. However, for other unrecognised schools mentioned in the list, the department will initiate inquiry and take strict action,” said district elementary education officer Premlata Yadav.
Private school administrators, however, said that the process of gaining recognition was full of challenges and the department had targeted even those schools that had applied for affiliation.
“These 92 schools are the ones that would have applied for recognition. They are not being recognised due to non-fulfilment of some minor norms. If the rules are relaxed slightly, all of these schools can easily get affiliated. They are only suffering due to a narrow margin of error,” said Yashpal Yadav, state president of Haryana Shikshan Sansthan Sangathan, a union of private schools in the state.
Yadav also said that the state department was only going after those schools that earnestly wanted to get recognised, whereas many others smaller schools were running unchecked.
He said that the government had no data representative of the ground reality.
“To give a rough estimate, there would be more than 500 unrecognised schools in the Gurugram. The department has no data of these schools. These schools are running unchecked and do not follow any norms. However, no action has been taken against such schools,” Yadav added.
First Published: Mar 20, 2019 02:30 IST