Over 500 schools in Maharashtra are either unrecognised or are running without mandatory permissions, the state government has said. It has also warned parents against admitting their children to such schools. Thane district has the highest the number of unrecognised schools in the state 129 followed by Mumbai 113 then Pune 66 unrecognised schools, the third highest in the state.
According to U-DISE, a database of information about schools in India, out of the 568 unrecognised schools, 479 are primary and 89 are secondary.
The education department is taking strict action against these schools. The government gave an order to education officers to visit and confirm if they have completed all the formalities required to get recognition as a school by the education department if not then shut down the same.
According to IE, “Until now, we used to publish the names of these schools in newspapers… but there is a possibility that parents may miss the notice. This year, the department has been instructed to put up large hoardings outside these schools to declare that the school is unauthorised. A board will also be put up on the chowk leading up to the school… in a rural area, the board will be put up at the local panchayat office,” said Sharad Gosavi, deputy director of primary education, Maharashtra.
The final list is not yet confirmed, as all district officials are yet to send their report to the state education department. When asked for a list, Dhananjay Pardeshi, deputy education officer of the Pune Municipal Corporation’s education board, said it was still being prepared. “… Our officers have been asked to send the information on a war footing… we will ensure the list is sent immediately,” he said