Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials will assist anxious parents of students who had taken admission in 29 schools derecognised by the civic body to get admission at other PMC schools. This help will be provided in case the students of these 29 schools are unable to get admission in any other school.
PMC Administrative Officer (Education) Deepak Mali said, “Every year, we declare a list of schools in the city that are derecognised in order to spread awareness among parents so that they do not admit their children to these schools. The derecognition is announced solely on the basis of whether or not the school holds a legitimate licence issued by PMC or not.”
“Some schools have applied for it and are in the process. While these schools too aren’t legitimate according to us right now, we haven’t told them to shut down immediately. It’s up to the parents not to admit their kids in these schools,” Mali added.
Mali said there wouldn’t be any problem to students taking fresh admissions. “Usually, fresh admissions in primary schools do not take place before the month of June. So, we every year we make it a point to release the list by May-end or first week of June. This way, parents can make a note of the schools, and do the admissions accordingly,” he said.
Mali said, “The PMC will try and see that the children get admissions in the PMC schools in case they fail to get admissions anywhere else.”
Ashok Godse, Extension Officer, Zilla Parishad Education Department said that though the PMC has listed 29 schools, there might be many more that have not made it to the list. “I am sure that there are so many schools that both the lists, declared by Zilla Parishad as well as PMC will go beyond their current numbers,” he said.
He added, “It’s best that parents withdraw admissions of their wards from derecognised schools and take admissions at recognised schools. In case any student faces difficulty in getting admissions due to the schools being full, we will help them, if required, by increasing the number of seats at particular schools. Last year, we resolved around 100 such cases and we will do it again this year as well.”