Already, 40 schools were served notices in August

The Directorate of Elementary Education has served notices on 28 more nursery and primary schools that were functioning in the district without recognition.

Already, 40 schools were served notices in August directing them to either submit proposals seeking recognition or face closure.

District Elementary Education Officer P. Jeyaraj told The Hindu here on Monday that these schools were identified by Government school headmasters who are conducting a survey of all the schools in their locality. The schools were issued the first of the three mandatory notices directing them to apply for recognition. The notices were issued last week and the schools were given a month’s time to reply.

Of the 28 schools, 19 were located in urban areas and most of them did not meet the land requirements. A school in the city limits must have 33 cents, municipal limits 55 cents, town panchayat one acre and village panchayat three acres.

Section 18 (1) of the rules framed under the Right To Education (RTE) Act stated that no school other than those owned or controlled by the State Government or a local body could function without obtaining the recognition. Private schools found violating this rule would be levied a penalty of Rs. 1 lakh on the first day of functioning without recognition and Rs. 10,000 for every day from thereon.

The Directorate of Elementary Education has also launched a campaign to ensure all government schools had adequate drinking water and sanitation facilities. Following this, the Assistant Elementary Education Officers have begun inspecting all schools in the Coimbatore district.

Mr. Jeyaraj said that of the total 1,141 elementary schools, inspections had been completed in almost half. All the government schools were given maintenance grants of Rs. 17,000 annually from the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan funds.

Coimbatore district had 873 primary and 268 middle schools with a total of 1.09 lakh students (54,077 boys and 55,488 girls).