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170 schools fail to apply for recognition under RTE

170 schools fail to apply for recognition under RTE

Abhilash Botekar, TNN Apr 23, 2013, 04.12AM IST
NASHIK: As many as 174 private schools in Nashik district have failed to apply for recognition under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, even as 1,128 schools have failed to comply with the 10-point norm prescribed for the schools to be recognized.
The deadline to apply for recognition of schools as per the RTE Act 2009 and also to comply by the 10-point norm was March 31, 2013. "We will generate the reports soon and send them to the state government, to be forwarded accordingly," said R S Mogul, the education officer, Nashik zilla parishad. The district has 5,200 schools, including those run privately, by trusts; municipal corporations, zilla parishads and the other government agencies.
"We had conducted regular meetings with officials from the respective schools, but the 174 schools have not shown interest to seek recognition under the act," said Mogul. Recognition is mandatory for every school that is running - irrespective of the time of its inception - and the schools should comply with the 10 points laid down as norms in the Act," Mogul said.
Of 1,461 private schools in the district, 1,287 schools have applied for recognition of which only 159 schools have complied with all the 10 points laid down under the act.
There are 535 primary schools and 926 secondary schools out of which 525 are primary and 762 have applied for the same.
However 159 schools (including nearly 90 primary schools) have complied by the norms," the official said.
There are 255 schools that have complied with nine points out of the 10, and 355 that have complied with eight norms. These schools will comply with all the norms in the next five months. However, the schools which have complied with seven norms or less and will possibly take one more year to comply or even fail to do so - depending on their capabilities.
The 10 points that schools have to comply with include - having a building, a play ground, one teacher for every 30 students, separate conveniences for boys, girls and the staff, clean and pure drinking water, compound walls and a kitchen, etc. When asked if there was any action proposed against the schools that failed to apply for recognition, the education officer said the central government gave no such guidelines.

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