Naveed Iqbal : New Delhi, Fri Apr 26 2013, 01:48 hrs
The Directorate of Education (DoE) has started giving "provisional" recognition to schools that qualify for recognition under the revised norms of the Right To Education Act, 2009.
Director (Education) Amit Singla said the Directorate is provisionally recognising all such schools that have been applying for recognition after the norms were relaxed.
However, the recognition is subject to verification at a later date. For this, Singla said, the Directorate will depend on the information provided by the municipal corporations as the 800 sqm requirement is part of the Delhi Master Plan.
The list includes all such schools that have recently been included under the RTE Act after the Delhi government relaxed land norms in March 2013.
Nearly 1,200 schools had applied for provisional recognition after this.
Managements of schools facing closure had held protests outside the Vidhan Sabha demanding that the norms be relaxed.
Nearly 1,000 schools were exempted from this deadline and all pre-primary schools have now been kept out of the ambit of the Right To Education Act in accordance with a High Court judgment. So far, no action has been taken against such schools that still do not meet the revised land norms as per the Delhi Master Plan.
Delhi Education Minister Kiran Walia had earlier said it will not be possible to further relax required area norm for a school "due to concerns of fire safety and per child space".
Under the RTE Act, schools operating from an area under the 200 square yards (earlier 8000 square meters) are liable to a one-time fine of Rs 1 lakh and a daily fine of Rs 10, 000 beyond March 31, 2013.
However, no institutions has been fined till date "due to the confusion regarding the correct number of schools not meeting the 200 square yard criteria," the director said.