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118 unrecognised schools to be sealed

118 unrecognised schools to be sealed
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118 Unrecognised Schools To Be Sealed. Cracking the whip on private unrecognised schools in the city, Hyderabad district collector, Mukesh Kumar...

770 schools face derecognition for non-submission of fee details

Hyderabad: Cracking the whip on private unrecognised schools in the city, Hyderabad district collector, Mukesh Kumar Meena, here on Thursday, ordered the education department officials to seal and file criminal cases on 118 schools which are functioning without recognition from the government.

When asked about the fate of students who are studying in unrecognised schools, the collector said that before the closure of the schools, students will be shifted to a school in that vicinity.

Speaking to the media on the steep hike in school fees, Mukesh Kumar said that out of 2,100 private unaided schools in Hyderabad 1,330 schools have submitted their fee particulars to the government. Of 1330 schools, 1086 schools have said that their fee structure is well within the ambit of GO 42 and 44.

The collector ordered the DEO to put up a flexi in the schools that have submitted the fee particulars. “In a couple days, a flexi with fee particulars of the concerned school will be put by the DEO in the school. Parents or any NGO can register the complaint at the DEO office if the school management was found to provide wrong information to the government,” said, Mukesh Kumar.

Mukesh Kumar said that about 215 schools have given the fee particulars which are beyond the ambit of the GOs. Such schools will have to depose themselves before District Fee Regulatory Committee (DFRC) to give their justification. DFRC will take a final call on the fee hike at a meeting on July 10.

The collector urged the parents not to pay fees which are beyond the amount prescribed in the GOs 42 and 44. “Without permission from the government, schools can’t charge extra fees,” said, Mukesh Kumar.

He urged officials to serve derecognition notice to 770 schools which have not submitted their fee details. “If school managements don’t respond to the notice, such schools would be derecognised and criminal charges would be levied on them,” the collector warned.

On the school timings, the collector ordered the officials to furnish information and a decision will be taken on it in a meeting on July 3.

Speaking about 25 per cent reservation under Right to Education Act (RTE) for SC/ST and physically handicapped students in private schools, the collector sought information on how many students from SC/ST and physically handicapped were given admissions in LKG and Class-I under 25 per cent quota. “School managements are apprehensive about how much fee would be reimbursed. We will write to the government on fee reimbursement to such students who take admission,” the collector informed.

On the exorbitant fee, the collector urged parents to file a complaint with District Regulatory Committee before July 10.

Mukesh Kumar warned the officials to complete the process by July 2, failing which disciplinary action would be taken.

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