Berhampur, June 10 (LocalWire): The district education officer (DEO) has issued a show-cause notice to 241 privately-run elementary schools in Ganjam district that are operating illegally with no certificate of recognition (CoR) from the government.
The DEO has also asked the block education officers (BEO) to create awareness among parents and ask them not to admit their wards in these schools by making public the names.
‘The future of the students will be at stake if they take admission in the un-recognized schools,’ said the DEO, Ganjam, Sanatan Panda. They will not be able to take admission in other schools affiliated to CBSE and ICSE boards later.
The schools need a CoR from the director of elementary education to run a school. To obtain the certificate, they have to fulfill the norms under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009.
After assessing the school, the director issues the certificate for five years, sources said.
There are 489 private schools in the district. Of them 232 schools have obtained the CoR from the authorities while 16 schools did not apply for the CoR and 241 schools don’t have the CoR, officials said.
The schools were not recognized since they lacked infrastructure facilities like play ground, boundary walls, trained teachers or library to run the schools.
As per the provisions of the Act, private schools have to admit 25% of students from economically underprivileged section to Class I.
Besides free admission and education, it is mandatory for the schools to provide free text books, note books and uniform to such children.