High Court to shut down around 2000 unrecognized schools in Kerala

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Approximately 2000 unrecognized schools are asked by the High Court to be shut down in Kerala from the next academic year.

Students from these schools are asked to join government schools till class VIII and admissions into class IX and X will be done considering the documents providing age and entrance exam results.

English Medium schools must have strength of over 350 students, 2.80 acres of land, a playground and other facilities but many schools lack these. Schools that have up to class VII do not require CBSE affiliation and most of them have less than 300 students.

The Govt. has informed The High Court that around 850 schools have applied for affiliation in various boards including CBSE. Schools that abide to the guidelines set by HC can apply for the approval and the government has not signed the No-objection certificate to any of them yet.

Ramdas Kathiroor, President of All Kerala Self Financing Schools Federation said that no schools in the state will be closed because of lack of approval. Govt. is not accepting the application for NOC. WE will move the court against this.

In the meanwhile, Education minister Prof. Raveendranath said that scrutiny of the applications is underway and necessary action will be taken and education Expert at General Education Rejuvenation Mission Dr Ratheesh Kaliyadan said that those schools functioning unlawfully can’t continue.

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