Saturday, April 20, 2013

473 Punjab school asked to put down their shutters

Bhaskar News | Apr 19, 2013, 01:43AM IST

Chandigarh: Punjab government has ordered the closure of more than 473 schools after they were found violating the Right To Education (RTE) act, raising serious question over the future of more than 37,000 students studying in these schools.
The government has imposed a fine of Rupees one lakh if the schools fail to comply by the passed order.
The schools will be fined rupees ten thousand everyday if they fail to pay the fine and close their premises.
This is the strictest action against the Punjab's schools till now.
The order was passed after school failed to abide by the demands of the administration, education minister Sikander Singh Mulka said.
Most of the schools are running in small premises of one or two rooms. These schools fail to meet the required standards. Neither do they have required teachers nor the ground. There have been several complains from the parents of the students against these schools.
The government had issued notice to more than 1634 schools, out of which 1162 schools have started the requisite demands of developing the infrastructure, the remaining 473 schools could not meet the criteria and hence have been asked to shut down.
Education minister has instructed the officials to meet the parents of the affected students and ask them to get their wards registered in nearby government schools. 
The minister said that the students should be admitted immediately so that their studies are not affected.
A large number of schools have cropped up in Punjab where students are being duped in the name of education. Schools are running in small one or two room houses. However, education department has taken a stern view of the situation and said that the defaulters would have to shut down their 'shops'.
According to the RTE act, the campus of the school should be atleast 2 acre. The building should be either owned or should be on proper lease.
The student to teacher ratio should be 1:30. The classrooms should be properly ventilated. 
Proper light and water arrangement should be there in every premise.
There should be ample space for a play ground.
The minister said that 1162 have been given a timeframe of one-month to develop the necessary infrastructure. In case the schools fail to abide by the said conditions, strict action will be taken against these schools, the minister concluded.

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