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62 schools closed for violating RTE guidelines

62 schools closed for violating RTE guidelines

Payal Dhawan, TNN May 14, 2013, 12.47AM IST

LUDHIANA: Sixty two primary-level schools which were not following guidelines of the Right to Education Act have been forced to shut their premises. With the government toughening its stand against violation of norms, 303 upper-primary schools in the district would likely be sealed as well. According to the guidelines, schools should function on an area of at least 500 square feet, proper infrastructure should be in place including toilets, boundary walls, playgrounds and classrooms according to the number of students and qualified faculty members.

Earlier, the schools had been given a deadline of October 13, 2012, to implement the guidelines and later, the deadline was extended to March 2013. All 62 schools functioning without these necessities have been locked down. Concerned authorities have prepared a list of defaulting schools which function at upper-primary level, and the count has touched 303. This list would soon be forwarded to higher authorities.

However, the decision to seal defaulting schools is likely to impact students studying in these institutions. The academic session has started and the students would likely be left in the lurch.

Talking on the issue, director general school education Kahan Singh Punnu said, "We are always willing to help students who face problems getting admissions in other schools. They will not face any issues."

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