Showing solidarity with small schools, Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia stated that the number of rooms should be basis of recognition rather than requirement of a certain area of land.
He was addressing a gathering of 500 budget private school owners and state representatives from Punjab, Goa, Haryana, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand. The statement comes as huge relief to about 1400 schools in Delhi.
The meeting was organized at the Ghalib Auditorium, ITO, New Delhi by the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA), a national association of budget private schools, in collaboration with Delhi Independent Schools Alliance (DISA) and Coordination Committee of Public Schools (CCPS) on Sept 28.
The Minister also agreed with the NISA proposal to form a policy review committee comprising educationists, academicians and experienced teachers to collaboratively work on the issues faced by the budget private schools.
“The voice of budget private schools is always ignored by the system and there is no platform for dialogue with the government for their development. So there is an urgent need of a separate Policy Review Committee, which will help both the government and budget private schools to discuss policy related issues which will ensure education for every child of this country,” said NISA national president Kulbhushan Sharma.
Presenting his views, CCPS chairman R K Sharma, said, “Budget Private Schools are fulfilling the right to education of every poor child in this country. They are functioning at places where even the government has not been able to provide education. Delhi has no sufficient land to establish new schools. There is a need for upgrading all the existing budget private schools to support the government in imparting education. It is important to have a single window clearance and governance system for ease of these schools.”
“Budget Private Schools are functioning at a wafer thin margin. The Commercial Charges for these budget private schools is a huge concern. On one hand, we are claiming that all these institutions should be not for profit and on the other side, we are charged commercial rates for electricity, water, property tax, development charges, et al. Therefore, there should be a different slab for the budget private schools,” remarked DISA president Rajesh Malhotra.