NMMC de­clares list of 22 un­recog­nised schools in city

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CBD BE­LA­PUR: Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has an­nounced it annual list of un­recog­nised pri­mary schools un­der its ju­ris­dic­tion for the aca­demic 2016-17.

This year there are 22 schools in the list, which have not re­ceived req­ui­site per­mis­sion from the au­thor­i­ties.

The schools that have not been recog­nised ei­ther by the state gov­ern­ment or the lo­cal au­thor­ity or that have not been given the no-ob­jec­tion Cer­tifi­cate or those schools whose recog­ni­tion is can­celled are de­clared as unau­tho­rized schools by the au­thor­i­ties.

Of the 22 il­le­gally run schools, one is Marathi medium, one Hindi medium and the rest 20 schools have English as the medium of teach­ing.

A ma­jor­ity of the schools have been de­clared il­le­gal by the civic body for the past sev­eral years, but they con­tinue to func­tion.

NMMC has sent no­tices to the il­le­gally-run schools, ask­ing them to stop op­er­a­tion, warn­ing of strict ac­tion.

Am­r­ish Pat­nigere, deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, said “Every year, the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment is­sues list of un­rec­og­nized schools in its ju­ris­dic­tion. We have re­leased the list in the in­ter­est of res­i­dents.”

He added, “This is done to en­sure that par­ents check the le­gal sta­tus of the school be­fore they en­roll their kids. They are ad­vised not to ad­mit their chil­dren

to these schools.”

Pat­nigere said, “The par­ents will be re­spon­si­ble for the con­se­quences and the loss that their chil­dren will suf­fer due to ad­mis­sion to these schools.”

Clar­i­fy­ing that some of the schools have ap­plied for recog­ni­tion, Pat­nigere said, “Some of these in­sti­tu­tions have ap­plied to the state gov­ern­ment for ap­proval and are await­ing a re­sponse to their ap­pli­ca­tion. “

“Hence, we have not taken any strict ac­tion against them as yet. But if their ap­pli­ca­tion is rejected then im­me­di­ate ac­tion will be taken as per the rules,”

he said.

Ex­plained the ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer, “From April 1, 2010, the Right To Ed­u­ca­tion Act of the state gov­ern­ment has been im­ple­mented. It clearly lists the rules and reg­u­la­tions for the schools in the state.”

Naik­wadi added, “The law stip­u­lates that the man­age­ment of the unauthorised schools will be fined Rs1 lakh. And those that refuse to shut de­spite no­tices will have to pay a fine of Rs10,000 per day. The gov­ern­ment has also di­rected that a po­lice com­plaint be lodged in such cases.”

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