250 private schools break rules, don't put up boards

Info boards to tell parents where to lodge complaints

Some 250 private schools have not been complying with the Directorate of Education’s order to fix boards bearing details of education officers at the entrance of their institutions. 

A total of 451 private schools have been inspected by Aam Aadmi Party volunteers. The last date to put up boards was Friday last, which was later extended to Tuesday.

The volunteers have been visiting private schools to check whether the arrangements are in place for smooth nursery admissions.

Kawaljeet Singh, project manager with a multinational company, inspected 14 schools. He told Deccan Herald that of these only seven schools have fixed boards at their entrance. Two schools have wrong information on their boards, said 36-year-old Singh.

“The name and number of education officers are incorrect. It defeats the whole purpose of this initiative.”

A report on this will be sent to the city Education Minister’s office, which will be forwarded to the DoE for action, he added.

Some schools have fixed boards but they are not placed at the entrance. “Some of the boards are not even legible. Their background is white and the names of the education officers are written in black marker,” he said.

According to the DoE, the flex board should be minimum five feet high and its base colour must be blue. “It should have the name of education officer, zone number, officer address, office telephone number (landline) and mobile number,” the order said.

The DoE took the decision to redress grievances of parents seeking admission of their children in nursery classes and to crackdown on schools flouting the new nursery guidelines.The department ordered all education officers to get a board fixed with their names and numbers at the entrance of the schools in their zone.

“Education officers should ensure that grievances of parents are redressed in time,” the order said. “Education officers of all zones are directed to get a flex board fixed at the main entrance of each unaided private recognised school falling in their jurisdiction displaying their phone numbers,” the order stated.

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