A total of 350 unrecognised schools are set to close down in the city following the new Right to Education Act (RTE) rules.
These schools, functioning for over two decades, can no longer exist since recognition is important to run schools under the RTE.
The new academic year is to commence from June 13, but the school education department has cancelled admissions to these private schools.
The closing down of the unrecognized schools would mean reduction in the number of schools in the city by one-fourth from the original 1,500.
Neary 14 city neighborhoods will be rendered without a school.
"Earlier schools which did not have recognition used to function by making their students write public examinations as private candidates.
But, now, as per RTE guidelines, such schools cannot be allowed to function," said Surender Kumar, deputy director, school education department.
The department, however, had allowed these schools to function as these were the only existing schools in certain localities in the city.
"In 2010, after the RTE Act got implemented, the department had asked school managements to obtain recognition within a period of six months, which deadline was then extended by about a year. Those schools which have still failed to secure recognition will not be allowed to function," said an official.
Along with the institutions which are facing closure this year, a total of 470 schools have been closed by the school education department across the state.
Source: Times of India
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