Unaffiliated schools put students at risk

By Vidhya Shree

Unaffiliated schools put students at risk

Noida: The unaffiliated schools are known to flout safety norms. The district administration in Noida had slapped notices on 40 unaffiliated schools to shut them down within 15 days. Parents were asked to admit their children in the nearby government schools.

Many of these unaffiliated schools lack infrastructure and provide poor quality education, violating the Right to Education Act. The lack of strict enforcement of rules has allowed these schools to ignore such notices.

Most of these schools not only lack prescribed premises, they also lack qualified teachers and government accreditation.

GB Nagar Basic Education Officer Ashok Kumar Singh said some of the schools continued to flout norms despite being sent showcause notices. "We've asked concerned officials to lodge an FIR against the principal and management of Ram Chandra Junior School for violating norms," he said. If unaffiliated schools continue to violate norms and ignore notices, they can be penalized up to Rs 1,00,000. But till now, the district education department has not fined any school. Some parents said such schools cater to low-income people. "Not everyone can provide quality education to their kids in expensive private schools. Officials should ensure safety in these smaller schools for children of poor people to study," said Pramod Kumar, whose child was injured in the wall collapse.

District education department said there are 685 government schools in the district. Every year, unaided and unaffiliated schools have to apply to run classes for a time-bound period, after the administration is satisfied they fulfil all conditions.

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