PUNE: The schools in the city are going to reopen soon. In the light of Zilla Parishad, Pune and the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) releasing lists of schools not recognised by the government, it becomes important for parents to do some ground work about the schools their children go to.
A vital question that every parent should ask while admitting their ward to a particular school is “Is the school recognised by the government or not?”
Speaking on the issue, Matin Mujawar of Shikshan Hakka Manch, said, “Just as driving a vehicle without a licence is illegal, similarly, running a school without a license too is illegal.”
He stated that admitting children to such schools is like endangering their entire career. “As the school is illegal, appearing for class 10 examination too becomes a tedious process for that child,” he said.
While the education department has provisions to take actions against such schools, they should also see to it that the action is taken very strictly. Merely releasing a list is not enough, he added.
“While taking admissions, parents pay attention to whether the school has a name, whether it has good teachers, good classrooms, etc. Along with all of this, they should also look if the school is recognised or not,” said Satish Gawali, Principal at Modern School.
Explaining the consequences of not being in a recognised school, Gawali said, “If a student has studied at a primary school that is not government recognised, it gets really difficult for him/her to get admission at any other recognised high school. Of course, there are provisions that would allow him to get admission, but that is a really lengthy and complicated procedure for the parents to carry out.
Also, at the time of class 10 exam, the students of a derecognised school cannot fill the normal form that other students fill, and have to carry out an altogether different process in order to answer SSC board examination. All that reflects in the child’s career. To avoid this, the best that the parents can do is to ask a simple question.”
Extension Officer, Education Department at Zilla Parishad Ashok Ghodse said that the reason behind why ZP releases a list of derecognised schools every year is to make the parents aware so that they do not admit their children to the schools, which are not recognised by the education department.
There are a few infrastructural parameters that a school needs to comply with in order to get recognition. “The school should have a minimum of 40 gunthas of land, spacious classrooms as per the number of students, a separate room for teachers, a separate room for the headmaster, toilets, playground, library, a well-defined compound wall, etc. There are some schools that actually operate just in a single apartment. Also, the school should have NOC from the education department and other mandatory approvals. I urge parents to always ask this question before taking admission,” said Ghodse.
He also said that the schools that are derecognised and yet still functional, will be charged with a heavy fine of Rs 1 lakh, and then Rs 10,000 per day after that.
- Some schools have no valid affiliation, no assurance, and the government schemes and provisions for students also aren’t available.
- If the primary school is not recognised by government, then the students could face difficulty in getting admission in high school.
- While appearing for class 10 exam, students from such schools have to go through a lengthy process.