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Under RTE act, Around 2,200 schools face closure

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Around 2,200 schools face closure
Around 2,200 Private schools in Delhi will face the closure on March 31, Under Right To Education (RTE) act. These schools have not meet the requirements of the RTE Act, 2009 and are looking at a possible extension of the deadline.

These schools comes under Delhi State Private Schools Association (DSPSA), believe that "some of the provisions of the RTE are against the weaker sections of the society".

DSPSA Chairman, R C Jain said, "According to the section 18(5) of RTE Act, after March 31, 2013, schools that are not recognized are liable for a one-time penalty of Rs 1 lakh and a per day fine of Rs 10,000. This lead to closure of the thousands of private schools in Delhi. Even these schools may not be regularized because they do not meet present land norm requirements for primary schools recognition (800 sq m as per MPD-2021),"

According to Jain, most of these schools are situated in slums, rehabilitated and unauthorized colonies where acceptable land and schools are not available.

"Around 4.75 lakh students from weaker sections of society will be affected by this closure," Jain said.

These schools are seeking relaxation in the RTE norms, relaxation of deadline and the 800 sq m rule - as they argue clarify that more land cannot be bought where they want to operate the schools. Also, they collect normal fee from their students and there is no chance to buy a land even if it was available. Even, they have to give salaries to the employees, in correspondence with the sixth pay commission.

The Directorate of Education (DoE) and MCD have merged 56 schools and closed 216 schools in Delhi in last 10 years. After 2002, DDA has not allotted land to the schools in correspondence with the requirement of the population in Delhi.

The Sheilja Chandra review committee of DSEAR, also mentioned the importance of these schools. The report says, "If all these schools are closed, the fate of thousands of children would be affected,"

Additional to these schools, around 1,200 private unaided schools in the city, most of which constantly complain of being exhausted.

The RTE had provided time of three year to such schools do not meet the infrastructural requirements for all-round development of students and ensure that compliance, failing which they would be closure.

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