Implement RTE Act meticulously or face disaffiliation: CBSE to schools

It was brought to the notice of the CBSE that in many of the states, schools are functioning even though they have not obtained any recognition certificate from their respective state education departments.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked its schools to ensure that they "meticulously" comply with provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act and its rules "in letter and spirit" or face disaffiliation.

"It has come to the notice of the board that schools are showing a lax attitude towards the provisions contained in the RTE Act and its rules regarding academic betterment as well as the safety and security of the students," CBSE secretary Anurag Tripathi noted in a recent communication to all schools.

Official sources said that it was brought to the notice of the CBSE that in many of the states, schools are functioning even though they have not obtained any recognition certificate from their respective state education departments.

"There are also reports that many of the schools are operating from multiple plots without any approval from the state government concerned. Schools have also not complied with the instructions issued repeatedly to ensure safety and security of the students," sources added.

Tripathi, in his letter to all schools on May 31, sought them to ensure that they must have "a valid copy" of the recognition certificate issued by the respective education department of the states where they are operating.

"In case, the schools have not obtained the recognition certificate from the state education department, the same may be applied for and obtained immediately," he said.

The schools are required to have a valid copy of a recognition certificate as stipulated in Section 18 of the Right to Education Act, 2009.

"The schools shall not operate from multiple plots of land and desist from shifting the sites, change of names and running in multiple shifts without due approvals from the concerned State/UT (Union Territory) governments and the board," the CBSE secretary instructed all the schools.

He also sought the schools to ensure that their buildings are compliant with the provisions given in the national building code and the guidelines issued by the National Disaster Management Authority.

"The schools shall ensure that they have up to date building certificates, fire safety certificate, health and sanitation certificate and drinking water safety certificate from the competent government authorities," he said.

In case of violation of any statutory provisions, relevant rules or bye-laws of the board, the CBSE will be "constrained to take action" against the school which may extend to disaffiliation of the school, Tripathi added.
 

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