TAMIL NADU

Heads of unaided schools to meet

K. Ramachandran

CHENNAI: The heads of several unaided nursery, primary and matriculation schools in the State are meeting in Chennai to discuss the fall-out of the Government action against unapproved institutions.

The meeting to be held at Bala Mandir German Hall in T. Nagar will seek to find unanimity among the unaided school managements to seek more time from the Government to comply with the norms required to get formal approval, said D. Christdas, secretary of the Tamil Nadu Nursery, Primary, Matriculation and Higher Secondary Schools Association.

He said teams of Government officials had started visiting the unaided schools seeking to verify each one's claims of having complied with the norms for approval. "We do not, at any point, support unapproved schools. What we seek is time for the institutions to create the necessary infrastructure and facilities to deliver reasonable quality of education to children, especially at a time when the Government is unable to meet the demand for primary education." he said.

There were several problems in getting the required certificates and licenses from different departments, he added.

Other school managements, who do not want to be named, are angry over the non-availability of any kind of information from authorised persons over the fate of the schools that have not secured approval yet.

When they tried to get information, the officials and staff in the elementary education or matriculation education directorates allegedly did not give specific information and were rude.

When contacted by The Hindu , all officials in the Education Department refused to meet or talk over the telephone on the status of the schools, on the impending action against any institution, or whether any specific time frame would be given to schools.

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