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60% schools yet to submit self-declaration

60% schools yet to submit self-declaration

TNN Dec 18, 2012, 01.42AM IST

GURGAON: Over 60% of private schools in Gurgaon are yet to submit the self-declaration forms under the Right to Education Act (RTE) to the state education authorities.
The authorities say that if the remaining schools do not submit the self-declaration before December 31, they will face de-recognition.
"So far, out of a total 368 private schools, only 127 have submitted details and declarations required under the RTE Act. The schools need to submit the self-declaration before December 31, which is the deadline," said Premlata Yadav, District Elementary Education Officer ( DEEO).

She also said that some schools might have submitted self-declaration through online facility but the number of such schools is not known. The official said that all the schools are required to seek fresh recognition under the RTE Act and prior to it they have to file the self-declaration forms regarding compliance with RTE provisions.
After the RTE Act was notified by the Haryana government on June 3, private schools were supposed to voluntarily submit the self-declaration forms within a period of three months (by September 3).
Despite the deadline for filing such declarations had already passed, the authorities have not taken any action against private schools. Instead, they have been setting new deadlines and requesting schools to submit these details as early as possible. "Last time, December 8 was fixed as deadline but again it has been extended till December 31 and if any school fails to comply with the order, we will initiate a process for its de-recognition," said another official.
Initially the original RTE Bill did not include private unaided schools but the government reversed it to include them on the recommendations of a parliamentary standing committee and the Law Commission. After which Punjab and Haryana decided that all private schools would have to get themselves registered with the educations departments of the respective state governments.

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