674 illegal schools in the state face Department of Education action

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PUNE In a shocking revelation, it has been discovered that 674 illegal or unauthorized schools are currently operational in Maharashtra even as the state’s Education Minister, Varsha Gaikwad, demanded to review these schools and demanded the state education commissioner to take action against these schools.

PUNE In a shocking revelation, it has been discovered that 674 illegal or unauthorized schools are currently operational in Maharashtra even as the state’s Education Minister, Varsha Gaikwad, demanded to review these schools and demanded the state education commissioner to take action against these schools. Out of the 674 illegal schools, 34 schools are from Pune district and 239 schools from Mumbai district.

While a total of 222 schools belong to the state board of Maharashtra and the remaining 16 schools belong to other school boards in the country. The list of these schools was compiled based on information provided by the state government’s Unified District Information System for Education (U-DISE). According to this data, these 674 schools do not have state approval or any valid recognition from the state department of education.

“We had obtained the list of these 674 schools by email from the State Department of Education and it is necessary for students and their parents to know about these schools as they are still operational. To avoid the academic loss of students, the state government should immediately take strict action against such schools and publish the list of all such schools on the official website of the state education department,” said Amar Ekad, President of the COPS Students’ Union.

“For this issue, we met with Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad a few days ago and recently she gave instructions to the State Education Commissioner to immediately review the list and take the necessary measures,” Ekad added. Schools that do not have the necessary permission and approval from the state education department will be punished under Section 18(5) of the Primary Education Act of Maharashtra.

Speaking on the matter, the state education commissioner, Suraj Mandhare, said: “The process of revising school licensing is ongoing and as I have taken charge recently, I will look about this question. And if schools do not have legal authorization and approval, action will be taken against them.

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