Education and Careers

More than 2200 Delhi schools on the verge of closure, get new lease of life

New Delhi: About 2235 primary and middle schools of Delhi which were to be closed down from 1 April this year have now been given a new lease of life and under a new rule, can continue under certain conditions. It may be stated that about 2235 unrecognised schools were being run in Delhi since many years but according to DDA’s Master Plan, for any school to be recognised it was compulsory that it should have an area of at least 800 sq metres and if total land of any school was less than this it was to be closed down from 1 April, with the result that the future of about 2235 schools and almost 5 lakh children / students appeared to be bleak. On an appeal by Delhi State Public School Management Association to Delhi’s chief minister to protect these schools and the future of their 4/5 lakh students, Delhi government revised the old rules and after making some amendments in the Master Plan in respect of these schools, it is now decided that primary schools upto 5th class whose land area is 200 sq metres and have at least 5 class rooms and the area of each class room is at least 30 sq metres with other normal facilities (like drinking water, toilets etc) can apply for recognition.

Similarly, middle schools which have classes upto 8th standard, whose land area is at least 700 sq metres, have at least 8 class rooms and the area of each class room is at least 40 sq metres together with other facilities (mentioned above) can apply to the government’s relevant department for recognition. Another condition is that in both schools (primary and middle), the space for each student to sit should be 10 sq ft (about one sq metre) and for teachers (for teaching) the space should be at least 60 sq ft.

According to the order of Directorate of Education, if there is no play ground in a school, arrangements for playing of children should be made in the nearest park of Municipal Corporation and also transport from school-park-school for students will have to be made by the schools concerned.

Under the new order or arrangement schools should apply online for recognition and its print-out and other documents should be submitted to the Directorate of Education within 7 days. It may also be stated in this connection that recognition of each school will be for one year only and after two or three months an inspection of schools will be made and if found satisfactory, recognition will be given for 3 years.

It may also be noted that schools which are running classes upto K G only will not be required to seek government’s recognition under RTE Act. They will continue to hold these classes till a new order in this respect is issued.
 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2013 on page no. 14

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