Close on the heels of action against the Bai Najamai Noshirwan Dastur Primary and Nursery School and the Delhi Public School (DPS), the education department officials said that similar action will be taken against four more schools in the city.
The district education department, on Tuesday, recommended to remove its minority status and de-recognise Bai Najamai Noshirwan Dastur Primary and Nursery School for failing to provide information regarding admissions. It has also imposed fine on Dehli Public School for accepting donations while granting admissions.
This is for the first time in the entire state that such action has been taken against schools under the Anti-capitation Act, 1989.
Experts view this move as an attempt by the education department to keep a tab on the admission process. Jayant Jain of Fairness In Education Forum welcomed the move said, “Ever since the act came into force, this is the first action taken against any school. Earlier, first information reports were filed against four schools, however, the action was challenged in the court.”
Zilla Parishad extension officer and Haveli Panchayat Samiti member KD Bhujbal said, “As per the act, the school will have to pay 10 times the amount it has deposited from one child.” Accordingly, Bai Najamai Noshirwan Dastur Primary and Nursery School will now have to pay close to Rs7.5 crore. “We have issued prohibitory orders against the school,” Bhujbal added.
Sounding an alarm bell for other unaided schools, Bhujbal said, “Four more schools are under the scanner and investigations are on against them. I cannot reveal the names of these schools though.”
Education expert AL Deshmukh said, “The problem with most private schools is that they think that they don’t come under the ambit of law. However, this is not the case.”
Bhujbal said, “Apart from the unaccounted deposits, the school has also given salaries to the teachers which is are not as per the pay scale. Though they have teachers who have done just Diploma in Education, they take home salary as per the Bachelor of Education scale. There are various other irregularities and action taken is a cumulative effect of all.”