Illegal Schools Shamed

Front yard of school building.
Front yard of school building.

The Unsafe and unrecognized school sites of villages are Khuda Ali Sher, Dadumajra, Khudda Jassu, Maloya, Ramdarbar, Hallomajra, Dhanas, Kajheri, Burail, Sector 52, Butrela, Raipur Khurd, Behlana, Manimajra, Daria, and Mauli Jagran, therefore 3 madrassas (Islamic schools) such as Sheeraj-ul-Uloom (Gobindpura), Faizul Uloom (Maloya), Eizahul Uloom Mujaddidi (Manimajra).

TC Bureau Chandigarh:  The list of more than ninety  unrecognized schools is on the UT education department website for the first time. The page also tells parents about ten government schools where their children can go instead. Most of the illegal schools are in the village and peripheral areas of Khuda Ali Sher, Dadumajra, Khudda Jassu, Maloya, Ramdarbar, Hallomajra, Dhanas, Kajheri, Burail, Sector 52, Butrela, Raipur Khurd, Behlana, Manimajra, Daria, and Mauli Jagran. These include three madrassas (Islamic schools)—Sheeraj-ul-Uloom in Gobindpura, Faizul Uloom in Maloya, and Eizahul Uloom Mujaddidi in Manimajra.

The education department has put up an online list of 10 nodal officers (principals) whom parents can contact for shifting their children from unrecognized schools. They can select from the government schools in sectors 10, 15, 26 (Timber Market), 38 West, 40, and 47, besides Dhanas, Raipur Khurd, Manimajra’s Modern Housing Complex, and Mauli Jagran. It had earlier reported how UT adviser Manoj Kumar Parida had asked the education department to name and shame unrecognized schools to make parents pull their children out of there. Education secretary B L Sharma said: “The online shaming of unrecognized schools is the first step towards addressing the problem.”

The issue of unrecognized school came up on August 5, 2015, when local MP Kirron Kher raised a question in the Lok Sabha about the implementation of the Right to Education Act and it forced the education department to go data hunting for the first time. The same year, a parent raised the question of safety and his complaint forced the education department to start a survey to mark unsafe buildings. These unfit structures did not meet the RTE Act requirements, which the UT education department has now confirmed.

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