Chennai Collector Releases the List of 313 Schools without Recognition

Schools without Recognition (Representational Image)
Schools without Recognition (Representational Image)

On Monday, the Chennai Collector released the list of 313 schools in Chennai alone without recognition from proper authorities. A total of 903 schools across Tamil Nadu were identified as functioning without recognition recently. It came into the surface after students of a CBSE school in Chennai were not allowed to write their annual board exams. A recent report in Indian Express has informed that more than 5902 schools across Tamil Nadu are functioning without recognition.

RTE Act and Recognition of Schools:

As per RTE or the Right to Education Act, all the schools have to get the NOC or the non-objection certificate and recognition from the education department. If they fail to do so, their recognition will be cancelled in the future after a few warnings. In April the 5902 schools were identified by the EMIS or the Education Management Information system as functioning without recognition and given notices. Now even after issuing notices out of the 5902 schools, nearly 900 schools remain without recognition. As a first step, the Chennai Collector has released the list of 313 schools without recognition. Other districts will follow it shortly.

Why so many schools without recognition?

With the NEET dilemma, many schools are opting for the CBSE curriculum. Getting approval from CBSE is a tough task. But in the urgency to open a CBSE school along with the Matriculation schools, many start CBSE schools without registration. Also, a lot of primary schools start functioning without any approval from the education department.

Also, many schools fail to comply with the condition of renewing their registration every three years. These schools do not provide the free seats as stipulated by the RTE Act. Parents should be aware of such schools and check for the registration status of the school before admitting the child. If not, the hard earned money and the dream of good education of the child will be ruined.