69 city schools await RTE recognition

Two years after the implementation of the Right to Education Act 2009,in the city,most private schools have still not been granted recognition.

Written by Ritika Jha | Chandigarh | Published:February 22, 2012 1:52 am

Two years after the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009,in the city,most private schools have still not been granted recognition. The UT Education Department is yet to examine these schools’ self-declaration forms.

As per the norms,all private aided and unaided schools,irrespective of whether they are already recognised or their recognition or renewal case is under process,had to apply afresh for recognition within three months of implementation of RTE Act.

The Education Department has not examined 69 of 73 schools,despite receiving their self-declaration forms. The inspection,in which the Department examines self-declaration forms and directs schools to comply with 17 conditions specified in the act,was supposed to take place within a month of form submission.

The six-proforma cum self-declaration form implied to be an undertaking revealing information about details of the school,the nature and area that would include the school being run on its own building or rented,total area of the school,built-in-area,total income and expenditure during the last three years along with other details.

In the last one and a half year,the Department has completed the inspection of only four schools,granting them provisional recognition. These include Strawberry Fields School Sector 26,Ankur School Sector 14,Panjab University campus,Carmel Convent School Sector 9 and Chitkara International School Sector 25.

When contacted,Deputy Director Schools Education (DDSE) Chanchal Singh said,“There is no delay from our side. Schools consumed a lot of time in applying for recognition. We have completed inspection of four schools and granted them provisional recognition. The process has been withheld for a month due to annual examinations in schools. We will resume the inspections in April.”

Guidelines for both grant and withdrawal of recognition were laid down by the Department during the implementation of RTE Act in the city on April 1,2010. The schools will have to comply with the shortcomings – pointed out by the Department – within three years (by March 31,2013). Those failing would cease to function within three years from commencement of the Act.

Information about the school management,students and staff is to be revealed by schools.

From total number of students in each class in both the general and reserved categories,EWS and disadvantaged group,10-column details sought separately for each teacher in primary,upper primary,elementary and secondary levels.

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