Friday, March 7, 2014

Maintain status quo on schools: HC

Maintain status quo on schools: HC


In a big relief to the private unaided schools in Haryana, which were issued closure notices by the state Haryana for violating Right to Education (RTE) norms, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered that status quo be maintained.
This means that no further development or adverse action will be taken by the state government till further orders by the High Court. Two months ago, Haryana had issued show cause notices to 1,372 schools for violating relevant provisions of RTE Act.
As many as 49 schools today moved the High Court on the ground that they had earlier received Haryana Chief Minister's nod for carrying out the activities provisionally, besides applying online for recognition. The schools contended that they were located in remote, disadvantageous and geographically tough areas of the state.
In April this year, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had ordered that all private un-aided schools, to whom recognition was yet to be granted, were to continue provisionally for 2013-14 session. Otherwise also, they had applied online for recognition and their applications were pending. The footnote of the form made it clear that it was to be considered as a provisional recognition certificate.
The petitioners argued that they were shocked to receive show-cause notices for alleged violations of the Haryana Education Rules, as amended from time to time. Inquiries revealed that the notices were issued after a petition was filed in the matter.
The schools have claimed that the notices were merely eyewash, as the authorities had already made up their mind to close down the schools. Acting on the petition filed by "some of the 6,000 private un-aided schools in Haryana", the High Court ordered maintenance of status quo.

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