Pre-schools meet mayor over closure notices

Representatives of pre-school associations in the city met BBMP Mayor G Padmavathi to discuss their concerns over pre-schools operating in residential areas receiving notices to close.

Last week, several pre-schools received notices as part of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s city-wide drive against commercial establishments operating in residential areas in violation of zoning regulations. Parents and school-owners opposed the move saying that the environment in commercial areas is not suitable for pre-schools.

On Tuesday, Karnataka Council of Pre-Schools and other associations approached the mayor with a petition against the move, signed by members and parents.

“The mayor has assured us that she has asked the commissioner to stop issuing such notices for now. They will form a committee to decide what kind of establishments should receive the notice. Our concerns will be considered,” said Pruthvi Banwasi, secretary of the council.

The associations will also approach the principal secretary for primary and secondary education, BBMP commissioner and additional chief secretary, Urban Development Department among others.

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