Berhampur, July 3 (LocalWire): Authorities of private schools in the state have appealed to the government to accord them the Certificate of Recognition (CoR) to continue running the schools, as they have already fulfilled most of the conditions.
‘We have discussed the issues with the principal secretary, school and mass education department, PK Mohapatra, on Monday.
The government has relaxed the criteria of engaging teachers who passed Odisha teacher eligibility test (OTET) for the present academic year,’ said the working president of state private school authorities and teachers’ federation, PK Patra, here on Tuesday.
He said the meeting was held as per the direction of the high court.
They had approached the court against the government’s decision to shut the schools lacking CoR.
The HC had directed them to sort out the issue within three months after discussions.
Patra, however, did not clarify other criteria, including implementation of 25 percent reservation as per the Right to Education Act, playground, kitchen room and boundary wall of the schools.
‘We are ready to take 25% students belonging to SC/ST and weaker sections and teach them free of cost as per the RTE Act.
Let the district level administration send students of these categories to schools for enrollment. We are ready to admit them,’ he said.
He said at present in an average, 15% of the students get free teaching in private schools in Ganjam.
Since it was not possible to get playgrounds immediately, he suggested the government select a common playground near the school, which can be utilized by both private and government school students.
The school authorities have already been instructed to build boundary walls and set up kitchen for the safety of the
Parents who have already paid the fee, bought books and uniforms, were left distraught.
With admissions complete in all private schools, they are also worried about their children’s future following the development.
District education officer (DEO) Ganjam, had issued the show-cause notice to 241 schools to close due to lack of CoR last month.
‘We will recommend the schools those have lacked the OTET teachers,’ said DEO Ganjam, Sanatan Panda.
He said they have to fulfill the other criteria as per the RTE Act and admitted that several schools have compiled the RTE Act provisions in the district.