Mumbai : As many as 204 unauthorised private schools are currently operating within the municipal corporation limits of Mumbai, an RTI query has revealed. The Govandi (M west Ward) has the highest number of such schools at 36. The BMC’s education department has issued notices to these schools.
RTI Activist Anil Galgali had sought information about unauthorised institutions from the school education department. In its reply, deputy education officer of the private primary schools department, Prakash Charhate, mentioned that there are 204 unauthorised private schools in the city limit.
According to the data, the maximum unauthorised schools are in Govandi (36), Kurla is second on the list with 30, Malad has 20, Ghatkopar and Chembur have 12, while Matunga, Andheri (East), Borivli and Dahisar have 10 each.
Kandivli and Bhandup have nine such schools each, Goregaon and Dharavi have eight, Byculla and Andheri (West) have five, Dongri has three, and Mulund and Parel have two each. Colaba, Bandra (East) and Malabar Hill have one school each without permissions from the BMC.
For the offence, there is a provision of a fine of Rs 1 lakh under Right to Education Act (RTE) and actions proposed under section 18(5) of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act.
According to education officials, there was ambiguity about the accounts head in the Act, and so the BMC was unable to levy and collect the fine. The RTE Act 2009 has not clearly explained the “Account Head” under whom the recovery of fines levied on unauthorised schools has to be collected.
The BMC’s education department has now sought necessary directions from the government regarding the Account Head so that the fines can be deposited in the BMC account.
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