Schools claiming minority status asked to submit affidavits

Many city schools are not following RTE guidelines on the pretext of being minority schools.

Written by Samarpita Banerjee | Published:June 20, 2012 1:21 am

Many city schools are not following RTE guidelines on the pretext of being minority schools. To tackle this problem,the civic body education board has instructed all such schools to submit an affidavit to the board office by Wednesday as proof that they never received any assistance from the government.

Deputy director of education Ramchandra Jadhav had announced about a week ago that they had prepared a list of minority unaided schools that need not implement the RTE guidelines. When asked for the list,the board said they were finalising it and it would be ready by Wednesday evening.

“There are 40 schools in the city that come under the minority unaided status and do not need to follow the norms. This will not be applicable to schools that have taken any kind of assistance from the government,be it in the form of money or land. To sort out the confusion,schools will have to submit an affidavit,stating they have never taken any assistance from the government. Only then will they be exempt.”

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