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Edu Dept dilly-dallying to grant recognition to pvt schools

While the deadline for private schools to meet the conditions pointed out in the Education Department’s inspection ends on March 31,2013,the department is moving at a snail’s pace with the process of inspection.

Written by Ritika Jha | Chandigarh | Published: April 17, 2012 1:09:09 am

While the deadline for private schools to meet the conditions pointed out in the Education Department’s inspection ends on March 31,2013,the department is moving at a snail’s pace with the process of inspection.

As per the provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act,63 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 the Act in April 2010.

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.

However,in the last two years,the department has completed the inspection of only three of these 63 schools,granting them provisional recognition. These are Strawberry Fields School,Sector 26,Ankur School,Sector 14,Panjab University campus,and Chitkara International School,Sector 25.

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

As per RTE norms,each school had to be granted three years of time to remove the shortcomings pointed out in inspection,and to comply with the conditions specified in the proforma. The officials,however,cite administrative issues for the sloth in analysis of the self-declaration forms.

Deputy director,school education,Chanchal Singh said,“The inspection of the schools got delayed due to some administrative issues. We had withheld the inspections last month due to the final examinations being held in schools. We will soon resume the inspections.”

“Besides,I believe that the key conditions which are to be met by the schools would not consume three years’ time,as mentioned in the rules. We will try to provide sufficient time to the schools ahead of March 31,2013 to remove the shortcomings,” Singh added.

Guidelines for both grant and withdrawal of recognition were laid down by the department during the implementation of the RTE Act in the city on April 1,2010.

In the self-declaration form,information about the school management,students and staff is to be revealed by schools. From the total number of students in each class in both the general and reserved categories,EWS and disadvantaged group,10-column details are sought separately for each teacher in primary,upper primary,elementary and secondary levels.

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