Over 1200 Private Schools Face Closure in Haryana
Haryana government has initiated process to close around 1,200 private schools, which were being run without recognition from the state education department for years. In a recent communication to the district education officers ( DEOs ), the director general of school education, Chander Shekhar, has instructed to get these schools closed within a week.
He has also asked the officers to take help from local administration and police, if needed, for sealing the schools. “The managements of these schools were given various opportunities to complete the formalities for recognition but they did not come forward for the same,” said a senior officer of the education department, not willing to be quoted.
“It seems they don’t have the required infrastructure and staff as per norms that’s why they didn’t come forward to seek recognition from the department,” maintained the officer, adding that action against non-recognized schools was being taken on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court.
Education department officials said the number of students that could be affected due to the closing of unrecognized schools could not be estimated as those institutions never submitted information to the department.
The education department has asked the DEOs to get the affected students enrolled in nearby government schools as their schools were being closed in the middle of the academic session. The officials claimed that they had warned the parents not to get their children admitted in those schools, which were not recognised by the education department.