Kochi: Around 2000 English medium schools in the state, which have no approval, are on the verge of close down. The High Court ordered not to allow those schools to function from the coming academic year onwards without approval. The order will come into effect on May 23.
The Government had ordered that students of these schools do not require TC to join government schools up to Class 8. For admissions to Class 9 and 10, documents proving age and entrance exam results will be taken into account.
Government has informed HC that a total of 870 schools have applied for affiliation in various boards including CBSE. Government has not furnished no-objection certificate to any of those. Those schools functioning as per HC order abiding to the guidelines, can apply for approval with the government.
There should be above 350 students, 2.80 acre land, playground and other facilities at the school. But most of the English medium schools lack these. Most of them have up to Class 7 and have less than 300 students. Those schools up to class 7 do not require CBSE affiliation.
Education Expert at General Education Rejuvenation Mission Dr Ratheesh Kaliyadan said that those schools functioning unlawfully can’t continue.
Education minister Prof. Raveendranath said that scrutiny of the applications is underway and necessary action will be taken.
Meanwhile, Ramadas Kathiroor, President of All Kerala Self Financing Schools Federation said that o schools in the state will be closed down because of lack of approval. Government is not accepting application for NOC. We will move court against this, he added.