Kerala govt to take over loss-making schools

The Kerala government decided today to take over four uneconomic aided-schools, which are facing a closure threat, including a 140-year-old one in Kozhikode district, which had been ordered to shut down by the High Court.

By: Express News Service | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: June 9, 2016 3:36:43 am
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The Kerala government Wednesday decided to take over four government-aided, privately-run primary schools, which had been ordered to shut down by the high court.

Read: Lack of enough children turns nearly half of Kerala’s schools uneconomic

After a Cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the government would take over the four schools and that private managements would not be allowed to use schools for real estate purpose after closing them down.

Education Minister Prof C Raveendranath said the government would bring in necessary legislation for taking over the private schools. The managements, the government says, would be given compensation before taking over the school property.

The private managements of these schools had moved the court seeking a directive to the state’s education department to implement its order to close down the institutions. They had cited accruing financial liability as the reason for their decision. The state government had reportedly failed to carry out the order following a local protest.

After the matter came up before Supreme Court, it refused to modify the HC order and issued an ultimatum to the government to close down the Aided Upper Primary School in Kozhikode. In a last minute effort to retain the schools, the government appealed in the High Court again Wednesday, saying it would take over the school. But, the court directed the government to first close it down and then furnish an affidavit regarding the future course of action.

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