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Register with PMC, private schools told

Register with PMC, private schools told

Neha Madaan, TNN Jun 28, 2012, 02.44AM IST

PUNE: All the 380 private schools in the city have been asked by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to apply for fresh recognition under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act and the Maharashtra Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules, 2011.
The objective is to ensure that the schools comply with the RTE norms and standards relating to infrastructure, pupil-teacher ratio, and teacher salaries, among other things. Schools failing to apply for fresh recognition (by filing self-declaration forms) within the stipulated period of three months, will face de-recognition, said a PMC official.
On the basis of a directive given by the deputy director of primary education, Pune region, the PMC has asked all primary schools to fill a self-declaration form and submit it with the PMC school board. Secondary schools have been asked to submit this form with the zilla parishad. "The self-declaration form will contain details about the nature and area of the school, number of students, divisions, and number of sanctioned teachers," said a PMC official.
Schools are required to furnish infrastructure details such as size and number of classrooms, number of urinals or lavatories for boys as well as girls, adequate water facility for using and maintaining toilets, drinking water facility, barrier-free access to all facilities and particulars of the teaching staff, among other things. Among other conditions, the schools should be run by a society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 or the Bombay Trusts Act, 1950 and the school building and other structures are used for education and skill development only.
Once the forms are received, the district education officer will inspect the schools and prepare a report. The inspection report will then be placed in the public domain. Schools conforming to the norms and conditions will be granted recognition within 15 days of the inspection.
"Schools that fail to conform to the norms will be given three years to tidy up the shortcomings, failing which, they will cease to function," the official said.
The schedule in RTE, 2009, prescribes norms that include the student-teacher ratio, infrastructure requirements such as an all-weather building consisting of at least one class room for every teacher, barrier free access, playground, kitchen where mid-day meal is cooked; apart from listing the minimum number of working days/instructional hours in an academic year, details about the teaching-learning equipment, library, play material, games and sports equipment.

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