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RTE Act: Over 1,260 private schools may be derecognised

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- Aparna Desai
Thursday, 18 April 2013 - 11:03 AM IST

PUNE: More than 1,260 private schools from Pune district have missed the March 31 deadline for submitting details to the District Education Department to get fresh recognition under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, which could lead to their derecognition.
The schools are required to submit details regarding 10 basic parameters mentioned in the Act, such as infrastructure, clean drinking water and separate kitchen, among others.
The Pune Zilla Parishad (ZP) received such details from 1,038 schools out of the total 2,298 schools in the district affiliated to SSC, ICSE and CBSE boards for fresh recognition. Of the 1,038 schools, 404 schools were granted fresh recognition, while information from the remaining 1,260 schools is pending.
The RTE Act, which was implemented on April 1, 2010, states that it is mandatory for schools to apply for fresh recognition every three years. Accordingly, ZP had asked details from the schools to give recognition for the period from April 30, 2013, to May 31, 2016.
“The proposals of many such schools are still lying with the local civic bodies as the schools are yet to complete the 10 norms," a senior ZP official told Sakal Times on Wednesday.
District Education Officer Sunil Kurade said that ZP is in the process of renewing the recognition of the private schools and is hopeful to get details from all the schools in the coming days.
He said that all the 400 schools which have fulfilled the criteria will soon be issued certificates of fresh recognition.
“The government is yet to come out with a policy decision against the schools, which fail to submit the details required for re-recognition. The ZP is ready to wait till Monday for the government to frame the guidelines. After that show cause notices will be sent to all these schools,” added Kurade.

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