The Gujarat Secondary Education Board (GSEB) has derecognised six high-profile self-financed schools in Rajkot city for alleged gross irregularities that include lack of qualified teachers,schools holding more classes than sanctioned,salaries being paid in cash and high dependence on visiting faculties.
The GSEBs decision,taken at a meeting held in its main office Gandhinagar on Wednesday,will affect 10,000-odd students and over 1200 teachers.
Besides,permission for science classes for two other schools has been withdrawn while four other have been fined Rs 25,000.
Some of the schools that have been de-recognised were ranked top in the state,with many of their students securing top positions in Board exams for years now.
Schools that have got the closure notice are Krishna International School (Bhavnagar Highway),Krishna Higher Secondary School (Gautamnagar),G K Dholakia School (University Road),S G Dholakia School (Manhar Plot),V J Modi School (150-feet ring road) and Divine High School (University Road).
The Board has cancelled science stream license for Kalyan High School(Raiya Road) and Santvan School(Tagore Road). Besides,C G Bharad Vidhyamandir (Indraprasthnagar),Saurashtra Vidhyapith (behind Hemu Gadhvi Hall),Ambika Vidhyalay and Mahatma Gandhi School (Shashtrinagar) were fined Rs 25,000 each.
An order by GSEB secretary M I Joshi sent to the Rajkot District Education Office said since private schools failed to send teachers to check board exam papers,an inspection of these schools began on March 27 during which they were found to be flouting rules.
DEO J B Visiya said students from these schools would be accommodated in other schools when GSEB sends guidelines.
The Rajkot Private Schools Association,however,said reshuffling students in such large number of students is impossible. Besides,derecognition is not full and final yet,it said. For schools,the options to appeal before the same council,board and later in court are open. In the meantime,these schools can continue to function, said president Vasant Pathak.
Rajkot Vali Mandal (parents association),which has been agitating for long against exorbitant fee hikes by private schools,was in favour of closure. This is the first that the board has taken some serious action, its president Manish Odedara said.