The Tamil Nadu Nursery, Primary, Matriculation and Higher Secondary Schools Welfare Association has urged the State Government to reduce the recognition renewal-related paperwork for private schools.

A resolution to this effect was passed during a meeting convened here to discuss several issues affecting the schools.

Association general secretary G. Krishnaraj said that the schools had to get multiple clearance certifications periodically from various government departments for building stability, fire safety and sanitation before they could apply for renewing the schools’ recognition.

More than 60 per cent of the private schools in the State were headed by women who faced several hassles in shuttling in and out of various offices.

Many of these certifications got “inordinately delayed” at the Government offices resulting in Education Department officials threatening them with cancelling the schools’ recognition for failure to submit the requisite certificates on time, he said.

“These days, the principals/correspondents are spending a lot of time in government offices rather than focussing on administering their institutions and taking care of the students. They are also being asked to come in person for many meetings at this age of e-governance and online monitoring.”

Mr. Krishnaraj called for the constitution of a committee to look into the problems faced by the private schools.

The Association also celebrated women’s day during the meeting. Awards were presented to Latha Sundaram of the Aram Foundation Charitable Trust and Ms. Dhanalakshmi, a retired Education Department official.