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No pvt school in city will be shut down,govt assures House

Education Minister Kiran Walia said approval had been obtained by CM to relax land norms for schools in Delhi.

Education Minister Kiran Walia said approval had been obtained by CM to relax land norms for schools in Delhi.

Following protests by budget private schools facing closure for not meeting the norms of the Right To Education Act,2009,outside the Delhi Vidhan Sabha on Monday,the Delhi government assured the Assembly on Tuesday that steps were being taken to ensure no school is shut down.

The Opposition BJP raised concerns over the Delhi government’s efforts in the Assembly. Leader of the Opposition V K Malhotra said,“Till now,no assurances have been given on paper. Until the Delhi Master Plan is amended,nothing will change. We will continue to take the matter up with the government.”

Replying to queries in the House on Tuesday,Education Minister Kiran Walia said the government has decided that no pre-primary schools in the city will be closed.

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“We have asked all the unrecognised schools to furnish details about the functioning and 1,177 schools have registered on the website,” Walia said. She said the decision was taken keeping in mind the fact that since the Delhi High Court had decided that the “pre-primary schools do not fall under the Right to Education Act”.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had received approval from Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna for authorising municipal corporations,Government of Delhi and the Directorate of Education (DoE) to relax land norms in respect of both recognised and unrecognised schools in the capital. The Chief Minister had also taken up the matter with the Union Urban development Minister Kamal Nath.

Under the new amendments made to the Delhi School Right to Free and Compulsory Education Rules,2011,simplified application formats have been introduced,which allow a provisional certificate to be issued by the Directorate of Education on furnishing of information for one year.

In this intervening period,the school will be required to complete other “formalities” like fire safety certificate,building safety certificate,health certificate and other documents.

Land norms prescribed under the Master Plan Delhi 2021 specify that for recognition of a primary school,the minimum land area requirement is 800 square meters for a primary school and 1,000 square meters for a middle school.

These specifications have also been reduced to 200 square yards and 700 square meters for primary and middle schools,respectively, in accordance with a DoE order of March 22,2013.