Unrecognised schools get a second chance

Unrecognised schools get a second chance

Hyderabad: Unrecognised Schools Get a Second Chance, Hyderabad district collector Mukesh Kumar Meena, who took up a tough stand on unrecognised...

  • Collector calls for meeting with parents on July 10
  • Grievance day on July 11

Hyderabad: Hyderabad district collector Mukesh Kumar Meena, who took up a tough stand on unrecognised schools in the city, has been forced to adopt a softer stance, thanks to the pressure exerted by Deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali. Meena here on Thursday asked the school managements to apply for recognition if they hadn’t applied yet.

The collector said that schools will be re-opened if the preliminary application form satisfies the basic requirement for recognition. He made it clear that unless the schools pay the prescribed recognition fee and start the process, they cannot be reopened. Schools are being given three months time to complete the entire process.
Releasing the details of unrecognised schools, A Subba Reddy, District Education Officer, said, “About 100 unrecognised schools were closed so far. Around 40 school managements have asked for special permission for reopening of schools as their recognition applications have still not been processed.” To that, the collector directed officials to scrutinise the said applications and said that such schools will be re-opened provided they fulfill criteria.

Erring schools to be punished

According to DEO, Hyderabad, 1018 flexi have been put in the school with the fee particulars. “Although, the High Court stayed the implementation of GO 42 (fee structure), it doesn’t restrict us to display the fee structures in the schools’ premises. If a school is found to declare wrong information, parents can lodge a complaint with the DEO. Anybody who misguides the government with wrong information is liable to be criminally prosecuted. The collector has directed us to complete the process by July 7.”

Meeting with parents

As part of a drive to reach out to parents, Meena said that a meeting will be held to take their feedback on the fee structure declared by the schools on July 10. He said that grievance day would be organised on July 11 at all MRO offices. Parents can lodge complaints with the MRO if schools charge more than the fee structure that has been submitted to the government. The collector directed the DEO to make a standard FIR to register a complaint. “Cheating cases would be booked if schools were found misguiding the government,” he said.

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