Uttar Pradesh Govt to Launch Campaign Against Unrecognised Schools – News18


Published By: Sukanya Nandy

Last Updated: November 09, 2023, 10:14 IST

Under the Free and Compulsory Children’s Education Act, it is explicitly stated that no school can be established or operated without obtaining recognition
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Schools that have been operating without proper recognition or continue to do so even after their recognition has been revoked, will now face stringent consequences, including fines of up to Rs 1 lakh

The Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh is set to launch an extensive campaign aimed at identifying and taking stringent action against unrecognised schools operating throughout the state. Schools that have been operating without proper recognition or continue to do so even after their recognition has been revoked, will now face stringent consequences, including fines of up to Rs 1 lakh.

The Directorate of Basic Education has issued clear instructions to all Basic Education officers to conduct this campaign across the state. They have also been tasked with submitting reports detailing the actions taken under this campaign across all districts by November 22.

Under the Free and Compulsory Children’s Education Act, it is explicitly stated that no school can be established or operated without obtaining recognition. The Joint Director of Basic Education, Ganesh Kumar has sent a letter to the Basic Education Officers of all districts and asked them to carry out the campaign.

The instructions clearly emphasize that “All Block Education Officers should conduct an intensive campaign in their respective blocks and take strict action against any school that is operating without recognition.”

Moreover, all Block Education Officers are required to provide a certificate as evidence that no school in their block is operating without proper recognition. This will help in tracking the progress of the campaign. The list of schools requiring action should be submitted to the Basic Education Director by November 22.

The instructions also state, “No school can be established, or operated without obtaining recognition. If any person runs a school without obtaining recognition, a fine of up to Rs 1 Lakh can be imposed against him, and in case the violation continues, a fine of up to RS 10,000 will be payable for each day.”

Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (UPMSP) aka UP Board initiated a strict crackdown on secondary schools that were operating without proper permission or admitting students to classes or streams of study for which they lacked board approval across all 75 districts of the state.

Notably, the State Government is running Council Primary, Junior High School, Aided Junior High School, Recognized Primary, and Junior High Schools, to provide quality education to children up to the age of 14 years in Uttar Pradesh.

The State Government has effectively put the provisions of this Act into practice by enacting the Uttar Pradesh Right to Free and Compulsory Education Rules 2011.



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