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Schools on strike today

Patna, Sept. 27: Unimpressed with the deadline extension from September 30 to November 12 for seeking the state government’s recognition, the city-based private schools have decided to observe a bandh on Wednesday to register their protest against the alleged re-registration process.

Barring a few supposed to conduct exams, all the private schools in the state would remain closed in response to the strike call given by the co-ordination committee of the institutions. The co-ordination panel comprises Association of Independent Schools, Bihar Public School and Children Welfare Association, Muslim Educational Welfare Association, Christian Minority Educational Association, Private Schools and Children Welfare Association and Neev. The members of the committee would meet tomorrow.

D.K. Singh, the chairman of Bihar Public Schools and Children Welfare Association and the convener of co-ordination committee, said: “I had a talk with the private schools across the state. All of them would support the bandh. There is no question of seeking re-recognition from the state government because we are registered institutions.”

A.G. de Rozario, the chairman of Christian Minority Educational Society, had recently said the private schools get the affiliation of the board (CBSE or ICSE) only after producing a no-objection certificate from the state government. “So, why should they seek recognition from the state government again?” he asked.

Stay stays

The high court today declined to interfere with its stay order on the implementation of the 25 per cent quota for underprivileged children in private schools according to the Right to Education Act, 2009.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Rekha M. Doshit and Justice B.P. Verma declined to pass any order on an interlocutory application filed by one Ajay Chaurasia.

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