TAMIL NADU

Matric schools to file contempt case against Director

CHENNAI Oct. 3. Private school heads are at loggerheads with the Director of Matriculation Schools over imposition of new norms for application, payment towards management contribution and for renewal of approval for schools. According to the school managements, the norms had no legal basis and were against the High Court orders.

Addressing mediapersons here today, the Tamilnadu Matriculation Schools Association representatives, V. Ramani Bai and R. Muthiah Sakthi, said the Directorate was formed last year only on the basis of the association's demands.

Though Mr. R. Narayanasamy was appointed Director, no rules or norms were framed to enable his functioning under the Madras Education Rules or the TN Private Schools Regulation Act nor was any GO been passed. The Director was imposing new conditions, he said.

Two GOs had been passed prescribing the payment of management contribution for renewal of recognition, besides application and other fees. "We obtained court orders staying the operation of the orders. The Court stated that no fee or charges should be collected till the disposal of the case, nor any new norms prescribed". Despite the orders, Mr. Narayanasamy had been maintaining, through his subordinates, that the renewal would be granted only on payment of management contribution, which ranged from Rs.10,000 to Rs.1 lakh (depending on the school's strength). "We hope to initiate contempt proceedings against the officer," the association general secretary, K.Ramachandran said.

In the past one year, over 1,000 schools were ordered closed for various reasons, including for not having the prescribed land area. These schools existed before the imposition of new norms. "What happens to the students of these institutions and what about the loss of face for the managements? All we seek is four or five years time for us to fulfil the norms.

Frequently, even for petty reasons, the Inspectors of Matriculation Schools warned the managements of possible revocation of approval, thus harassing the managements.

The Association has planned a fast in Chennai and in all district headquarters, on November 1, Mr.Ramachandran added.

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