Guntur: Cracking the whip on mushrooming unauthorised private schools, Task Force teams conducted surprise raids in various districts on Wednesday.
The drive against unauthorised schools was launched following complaints from parents and students over the collection of exorbitant fees by managements without providing basic facilities. The aim of the Task Force teams, comprising officials from the education, revenue and fire safety departments, is to identify and close down such educational institutions. The teams are not only issuing notices to the managements of schools, but also conducting awareness classes for parents and students waiting for admissions. Krishna district educational officer Devananda Reddy appealed to parents not to get their children admitted in unauthorised schools. He also asked school managements to immediately remove words like techno, Olympiad, e-school and global from their names. “The managements are trying to dupe innocent parents with attractive titles without even securing permission from the education department,” he said.
The education department had already issued notices to around 150 unauthorised schools in Krishna district, of which 125 are located in the city. However, the department is not in a hurry to close down these illegal schools as it would affect the children already studying in them.
In Guntur district, a task force headed by local tehsildar Tata Mohan Rao hasbeen conducting surprise inspections on illegal schools and imposing penalties to the tune of Rs 1 lakh for corporate schools and Rs 50,000 for small private schools. While several corporate schools are running many outlets with one licence, small schools do not have even basic infrastructure.
In Nellore, 25 special Task Force teams headed by headmasters have been formed to inspect 633 schools in the district.
“We have launched the drive against unauthorised schools as part of implementation of the Right to Education Act,” P Parvati, regional joint director, high school education, told TOI. She said special teams have been formed as nearly 11 of the 12 deputy DEO posts are laying vacant in the region.