In a recent meeting with a delegation of budget private schools, the state government refused to accede to their requests for a temporary extension of affiliation with the Haryana Board of School Education (HSEB). Last year, the government approved extensions to the 2019-2020 academic session.
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According to the Department of Education, schools have failed to comply with accreditation standards. A senior official in the secondary education department said there was ample time for schools to comply with the standards. “This year, we have decided not to give any more extensions to these schools which have failed to comply with the rules laid down by the state government. These schools do not follow proper entry or exit provisions, fire safety rules and land requirements for the number of enrolled students. The government has warned them and given them extensions for the last few years. However, the schools did not comply with the rules, ”the official said.
However, if schools can provide details of full compliance with the provisions of the now-amended Haryana Education Rules (2003), the department will consider their affiliation request.
Talking about the future of thousands of students in these schools, the official said that under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, students would be employed in nearby state-run schools. Students can also apply to English-medium model culture schools.
“It simply came to our notice then. Inadequate fire extinguishing measures have resulted in their safety being disrupted, ”the official added.
Meanwhile, school authorities have challenged the move, saying it would affect students and their future and that the government should provide relief on humanitarian grounds. A section of schools and their unions have warned of protests if their dialogue with the education department proves ineffective.
“We are sending a letter to the chief minister this week. We will ask the government to either allow these schools to relocate or grant them permanent affiliation. Due to the random residential development around these schools, it is not possible to expand the geographical area of these schools. The government must support them in complying with the rules instead of dragging them out for things beyond their control, ”said Yashpal Yadav, state president of the Haryana Education Association.
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