Private schools in Haryana seek repeal of affiliation norms

CHANDIGARH, Sep 26, 2012: Seeking immediate withdrawal of Haryana government's directives related to affiliation and enforcement of Right to Education (RTE), members of Federation of Haryana Private Schools Association on Tuesday started a 24-hour hunger strike here.

The action comes two days ahead of the deadline given by education department for registration of schools, which ends on Thursday.

Agitating members of the federation also threatened to intensify their agitation by closing down all the 9,500 schools to press their demands, putting around five lakh students studying in private schools at the receiving end.

Headed by B L Kapoor, Ambala president of the federation, around 100 delegates first staged an agitation outside the Sector 5, Panchkula headquarters of education department. Later, they proceeded to the Sector 25 venue where they sat on the hunger strike.

"Everybody knows about the problems faced by school managements in getting affiliation from education department as well as education board. This is not only a time consuming exercise, but also causes harassment as files have to move through various hands. So far as RTE is concerned, the government is not ready to share our financial burden in any manner. We are left with no option but to intensify the agitation," Kapoor said.

"We will close down the schools and may never apply for new registration," added Kapoor.

Besides demanding withdrawal of the condition related to re-registration of schools, the federation also sought registration of 400 unlisted schools in temporary recognized category. These schools have been asked to close their operations.

Read online at ToI, http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-09-26/news/34101401_1_affiliation-norms-school-managements-education-board