On the day of its launch on Wednesday, the Federation of Erode District Nursery and Primary Schools has appealed to the State Government to relax the norm specifying 14,000 square feet land area for primary schools.

The land area requirement stipulated by the Education department was the same for matriculation schools offering up to higher secondary classes as well. Nursery schools that were started several years back were facing difficulty in getting renewal from the authorities, Federation president B. Chandrasekaran said. It was difficult for schools, particularly for those in urban parts, to comply with the land requirement, he said.

Likewise, the schools were facing difficulty in operating vans. The transport authorities were refusing fitness certificates for vans of schools that had not secured renewal certificate from the Education department authorities. The schools were doing their best to have vans with emergency exits, but lowering the level of steps was impractical as the steps get damaged frequently when they hit the bumps on the road.

During the discussion, the member institutions have expressed satisfaction with the fee fixed by the Justice Singaravelu Committee. The fee amounts fixed in accordance with the expenditure list submitted by the institutions were reasonably good, Mr. Chandrasekaran said.