Majority of ‘illegal’ schools in Chandigarh can be given recognition, says DEO
Moving students to other government schools is an issue of concern as in a majority of schools, the pupil-teacher ratio is already more than mandated in the Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009, that is 40:1.punjab Updated: Jan 15, 2018 15:49 IST
The UT education started inspections of over 80 ‘illegal’ schools operating in the city. The department had decided to shut down those unrecognised schools in 2016 only after the students are moved to adjoining government schools so their studies does not take a hit.
However, the district education officer said that a majority of schools can be given recognition.
Why are they still functional?
Moving students to other government schools is an issue of concern as in a majority of schools, the pupil-teacher ratio is already more than mandated in the Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009, that is 40:1. The other reason is of space as out of five schools, only one is legal in a particular area.
UT has 114 schools out of which 50% are already running in a double shift.
Issues like unsafe infrastructure, lack of qualified teachers, lack of affiliation certificate are some of the major concerns at these unrecognised schools, which impacts the academic qualification of students enrolled here.
The education department is now conducting inspections in the 65 unrecognised schools which had applied for recognition for the smooth running of the school. Schools, including GN Holy Heart Public School, Mauli Jagran; Saraswati Public School, Dhanas; Navyug Public School, Daddu Majra; Star Public School, Kajheri; are among those which have been inspected till now.
District education officer Anujit Kaur, who is inspecting these schools with other officials, said that the department has inspected nearly 50% of the schools and is yet to inspect around 30 unrecognised schools.
Kaur added, “Many of the schools were found good during inspection and can be given recognition.” She said the schools have been given the instructions and time to fulfil the inadequacies if there are any, failing which the application for recognition can be dismissed.
What RTE Act 2009 says
As mandated by RTE Act, a school cannot function without obtaining a certificate of recognition from an appropriate government or local authority. In RTE Act it is mentioned that the schools failing to have recognition within three years of the commencement of the Act will cease to exist.
Section 18(5) of the RTE Act states, “Any person who establishes or runs a school without obtaining certificate of recognition, or continues to run a school after withdrawal of recognition, shall be liable to fine which may extend to Rs 1 lakh and in case of continuing contraventions, to a fine of Rs 10,000 for each day during which such contravention continues.”