Friday, March 7, 2014

Maharashtra govt may derecognize 1,404 schools

PUNE: As many as 1,404 schools in the state may be derecognized by the government over non-compliance of The Children's Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

The state directorate of education (primary) has begun the process of issuing notices to these schools.

About 161 schools from Pune division, comprising Pune, Ahmednagar and Solapur districts, may be derecognized for not meeting the norms laid under the Act.are facing de-recognition.

Latur division has the maximum number of erring schools (265), while Kolhapur division reported the least number with 39.

The department has communicated its decision to the Aurangabad bench of Bombay high court in an affidavit after which the bench comprising Justices Ravindra Ghuge and S C Dharmadhikari issued an order on February 14, suggesting that the directorate publish a notice on its website warning parents, teachers and all concerned that students may not be admitted to such schools in the ensuing academic session.

The state directorate has initiated steps to publicize names of these schools through advertisements in newspapers and listing such schools on its website in three weeks.

The move comes against the backdrop of a state-wide scrutiny of attendance by the government. The inspection found that the schools had shown inflated student enrolment. About 56 schools have already been derecognized for showing 100% attendance on the rolls, though they had less than 50% students.

Mahavir Mane, state director of education (primary), told TOI on Tuesday, "The directorate has initiated the process of issuing notices to the schools found guilty during the state-wide inspection of student attendance taken up

in October 2011. As per suggestions made by the court, the directorate will declare names of all these schools on the directorate's website as well as in newspapers to warn parents and all concerned about the future of these schools." Within three weeks, the procedure of publicizing the names of schools would be completed, Mane added.

"Once a school has been derecognized it will not be able to function. Consequently, students who are currently studying in these schools will be accommodated in other schools and if need be, additional divisions will be permitted in schools where students have been transferred," said Mane. Teachers from these schools will be absorbed elsewhere.

The court has also directed that the schools, which are found to be indulging in illegal and prima facie criminal acts, shouldn't enrol more students, appoint teachers and non-teaching staff. They would also not get aid or grant from the state. "The only reason possible for schools to be indulging in these practices is the allurement of funds and finances from the state," the court observed.

The maximum number of erring schools were found in Latur division with 265, while Kolhapur division reported the least number (39) while Pune reported 161 erring schools.

The matter will be taken up for further hearing on March 18 when the directorate of education (primary) has been asked to submit a report regarding action taken against the schools.


Publish a notice on the website of the directorate in one week, warning parents, teachers and all concerned that action is proposed to be taken against the schools, which have been held prima facie guilty of enroling bogus students or making bogus admissions

Directorate will also publish a notice in the leading newspapers in three weeks, warning the parents and all concerned that action is proposed against the primary schools

These 1,404 schools should not continue to further enrol students, appoint teachers and non-teaching staff and continue to obtain and get aid or grant from the state

The only reason possible for people to indulge in this is the allurement of funds and finances from the State

Directorate should forward all its action taken reports to the State Advisory Council under the RTE Act, 2009

Directorate should also forward all its details to the State Commission of Protection of Children Rights

Forums to be established for redressal of grievances and complaints of the concerned persons, including the parents, should be expeditiously forwarded to the grievance redressal mechanism

The instances of the present nature should also be brought to the notice of the National Advisory Council

Division-wise break-up of schools facing derecognition



Mumbai 241

Aurangabad 190



Amravati 97

Kolhapur 39


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