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Government to close down 350 unrecognised schools in Hyderabad

Government to close down 350 unrecognised schools in Hyderabad

TNN Jun 2, 2012, 12.13AM IST

HYDERABAD: The state government has decided to close down 350 schools in the city before the commencement of the new academic year on June 13. The school education department cancelled admissions to these private schools as they have been found to be unrecognised institutions. This would reduce the number of schools in the city by one-fourth from the original 1,500. Ironically, many of these schools have been functioning for as long as two decades.
The decision to close down these schools has come as part of the Right to Education Act (RTE) and the move will render about 14 city neighbourhoods without a school. Three of these schools are in Towlichowki and four in Abids. Some of the schools which do not have recognition are in Bachupalli and Rajendranagar, areas which have less than three schools in a 5-km radius.

Officials said that these schools cannot be allowed to function since, with the implementation of RTE, recognition has become an important factor. "Earlier schools which did not have recognition used to function by making their students write public examinations as private candidates. But, now, as per RTE guidelines, such schools cannot be allowed to function," said Surender Kumar, deputy director, school education department.
The department, however, had allowed these schools to function as these were the only ones functioning in certain localities in the city.
The school education department said that they have decided against allowing new admissions in these schools since unrecognized schools will not be allowed to function in the state. "In 2010, after the RTE Act got implemented, the department had asked school managements to obtain recognition within a period of six months, which deadline was then extended by about a year. Those schools which have still failed to secure recognition will not be allowed to function," said an official. Along with the institutions which are facing closure this year, a total of 470 schools have been closed by the school education department across the state.

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