Koral ‘Purnoor’, Demokretic Front, Chandigarh, July 4, 2022:
NISA President Kulbhushan Sharma has thanked the then Local Bodies Minister Anil Vij, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Local Bodies Minister Kamal Gupta for extending the period of fire safety certificate of private schools to three years. In a press conference held at Chandigarh Press Club here today, Sharma said that private schools had to face financial and mental problems every year for fire certificate renewal. Private schools are now feeling relieved due to the extension of these certificates. He had raised this demand before the then Local Bodies Minister Anil Vij a few months ago and requested to extend the period of the certification.
He said that the government should now fulfill other pending demands of private schools as well. He said that private school buses remained parked in schools for two years during Corona pandemic, but their life remains the same as 10 years in NCR and 15 years in other districts which is not logical, hence the government should increase the life of the buses for two years. It will help the schools which suffered during the Corona.
He also demanded that the government should immediately clear the dues of the children taught under 134-A by the private schools, which is close to Rs 1000 Crore, so that the private schools could cooperate in the success of the new education policy. He also demanded that the Chief Minister direct the education officers to hold meetings with private schools so that all pending matters of private schools can be resolved and all-round development of education can take place in the state. Questioning the government’s system of accreditation to private schools, he termed it as anomaly and said that the school which wants recognition of high school or senior secondary class, is required to get dual recognition first for class VIII, then for high school or senior secondary, which is absolutely wrong. This encourages red tapism. It should be simplified and the dual accreditation system should be abolished and high schools, senior secondary schools should be given direct recognition up to their level.