746 unrecognised schools may be shut

As many as 746 unrecognised schools in the State face closure threat after failing to fulfil the conditions related to land area and infrastructural facilities
746 unrecognised schools may be shut
A file photo of the Madras High Court

Chennai

The Madras High Court has been informed that the one-time temporary conditional recognition offered to them comes to an end on May 31, 2016 and the Government does not intend to extend it. 
First bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M M Sundresh on disposing a Public Interest Litigation in this regard said, “It has been categorically averred that after 746 matric schools were granted temporary conditional recognition till May 31, 2016 as a one-time measure pending final decision to be taken by the Government on the report submitted by the expert committee, there is no chance of further extension as it is only a one-time measure. 
On our enquiry, this position is once again affirmed by counsel for respondent on instruction from K. Venkatesan, Superintendent, Directorate of Matriculation Schools, who was present in the court. We take the aforesaid on record and close the petition based on the aforesaid terms.” 
The petitioner, Change India represented by its director A Narayanan had contended that unrecognised schools continue to function by ad hoc extensions and the last such being granted under the GOs in question extend up to the end of the academic year 2015-16. 
He had submitted that the Government move, besides offering seven years’ time to these schools since 2004 and thereafter proceeding to give such temporary recognitions, was in total violation of the reports of Justice Sampath and Chittibabu panels, which had come after the Kumbakonam school fire accident in which 94 children died. 
The PIL sought to ensure that that all the unrecognised schools are closed by the end of the academic year 2015-16 and that the students of such schools placed in other neighbourhood government-aided and unaided schools to enable them to continue with their education in recognised schools.

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