According to the Right To Education Act, it stands as a mandate for schools to take approvals from State governments and Municipal Corporation for them to run smoothly in a city. In case of failing to comply with the same, there is a provision to take penal action against the school management.
Simultaneously, even this time, as many as 33 secondary schools, including two civic-run institutions in Maharashtra’s Thane district have been called out as unauthorized by the Thane Zilla Parishad, an official said on Wednesday.
The list consist of schools across Thane district including Thane, Bhiwandi, Navi Mumbai, and Ambernath. Among these maximum number of schools are from Thane city, which also includes two Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) run schools.
Legal notices have been sent to schools, classified as unauthorized and managements have been immediately instructed to shut down these institutions, education officer (secondary) Seshrao Bade has issued an order.
“The notice has been issued by the administration of respective schools, who have been declared unauthorized. The schools have been directed to close till they provide legal NOC letter to the ZP, Thane. If any of these schools fail to follow the above directions, action will be taken against them under section 15 (5) and 19 (1) of The right of children to free and compulsory education act, 2009,” said Sheshrao Bade, education officer, ZP, Thane.
These schools have been asked to submit a compliance report to the Zilla Parishad education department, the official release stated.
“Out of the total list of 33 schools, 18 are English medium schools, 9 are Marathi medium and 3 are Hindi medium schools, located in different cities (as mentioned above) of Thane district,” informed an official from the education department, Thane ZP.