473 private schools to be shut down in Punjab

The Punjab government on Wednesday said that the 473 non-affiliated private schools, which were evading fulfilment of Right to Education Act-2009 norms, have been asked to shut down immediately.

"The government has been sympathetic towards these educations institutions for long and have time and again been requested to adhere to the Right to Education Act, but these private schools had refused to implement RTE," Education and Language Minister Sikander Singh Maluka.

Maluka further said that nearly 37,813 affected students from these schools could get admissions in government schools, the admissions for which is still continuing.

"These private schools have been given time till March 31 to fulfil all norms. The schools, which are yet to fulfil norms, have been shut down. A fine of Rs 1 lakh will be imposed on schools that disobey the government order and continue to operate. After this, these schools will be fined Rs 10,000 per day for non-compliance," said Maluka.

Maluka said that out of total 9,301 schools, only 1,935 schools have filed the self-declaration form to get affiliation till January, 2012. The rest were give another year — till March 31, 2013 — to fulfil the conditions. "As many as 473 schools failed to get affiliation pursuing proper norms. These schools have been now shut down," he added.

The minister also issued instructions to the Director General School Education (DGSE) to ensure that these schools are closed.

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