All the private schools located in India every year are required to go through the cumbersome annual exercise of applying for affiliation. Such schools are granted affiliation on yearly basis and they had to apply every year to get affiliation under Right to Education (RTE) Act. Along with moving other services to online mode, Madhya Pradesh Government has taken a decision to take the process of recognition ‘online’ which will commence from December 1, 2015 for the academic session 2015-16. On the other hand Punjab Government has decided to grant permanent affiliation to all private schools of the state so as to relieve them with the burden they have to face every year.
It is not only the duty of district collectors because they have been ordered but also of the schools that they fill the online application within the specified time span. Even the already recognized schools who could not get recognition renewed during year 2015-16 due to late submission of application have been given the facility to re-apply from December 1 to 31. Better it would be to apply on time then to wait for the last minute rush as late application will not be entertained this year too.
Madhya Pradesh government has asked all district collectors to keep a check that all the private secondary and higher secondary schools applying for new recognition and renewal of recognition abide by the rules and regulations. The collectors have also been directed that powers to relax recognition norms lie only with an appeal committee headed by school education minister. At least they should meet the minimum eligibility norms for new recognition and renewal of recognition as published by the state government.
Eligibility Norms : The most important norm to be followed is that the building and land ownership or rental agreement must be in the name of concerning institution. Otherwise, recognition would not be granted.
The minimum area of plot of high school must be 4,000 square feet while that for higher secondary schools it must be 5,600 square feet. If in case the classes for primary or middle school or both are located on the same building then its area should not be considered for recognition to secondary or higher secondary school.
In the same manner open ground for high and higher secondary schools must be 2,600 and 3,000 square feet, respectively. The schools are also required to follow the rules as prescribed student-wise for built-up and open area. Even the per student built-up area must be 10 square feet and open area 5 square feet.
When the state government is becoming so liberal in case of private schools it also expects from the private school managements not to misuse the big relief granted by the education department and always follow the guidelines of RTE Act.