Complaint to be filed against 800 bogus schools in state
The education department in Maharashtra has identified 800 schools affiliated with various boards for allegedly operating illegitimately. State education commissioner Suraj Mandhare addressed this issue after announcing the RTE lottery in Pune on April 5th. Mandhare stated that errors were discovered in the documents of these schools, and around 100 of them have been permanently closed.
The commissioner warned of criminal action against schools with serious errors in their documents and advised parents to check a school's documents and registration number on the state government's online portal before admitting their children. The education board had previously inspected over 1300 schools, and of these, 800 schools were found to have errors in their documents.
The No Objection Certificate, approval certificate of the concerned board, and letter of intent issued by the state government are being verified for these institutes. If the documents are not in order, the school's accreditation will be canceled, and they can seek relief from the courts after de-accreditation.
The education officers have been instructed to prepare a proposal for concrete action in the matter. Additionally, Mandhare announced that the NOCs of CBSE-affiliated schools in Maharashtra would be verified to check their authenticity after it was discovered that several schools in Pune were functioning without the required NOC. An FIR was registered against unknown persons, and the police initiated an investigation into the matter, including the possibility of an organized racket issuing fake NOCs for CBSE affiliation.