According to reports, the Child Rights Commission has demanded the immediate closure of all non-accredited schools in Kerala. The Commission even directed the state to ensure that none of the non-accredited schools are functioning in the state from the academic year 2021-2022.
The Commission issued the order after examining complaints received about various schools operating without accreditation and security. The order further stated that the Commission was convinced that many schools in the state were operating in dilapidated and life-threatening buildings without any recognition or affiliation and even without obtaining a proper fitness certificate.
The order further stressed that such schools are not meeting any safety standards or not even providing basic facilities and the commission was looking into the matter very seriously. In order to facilitate further education of the children currently studying in these schools, the commission suggested that the concerning departments should ensure admission of these students to other accredited government or aided schools in the state.
The respective local bodies are instructed to prepare a list of accredited schools in their area and display it on a notice board and also advertise it in the press and visual media for the knowledge of the public. It is also important to ensure that unauthorized schools are not working along with aided schools.
The order issued by State Child Rights Commission member Renee Antony directed that a report on the actions taken by the concerned department in connection with the recommendations of the State Child Rights Commission should be submitted to the Commission before May 31.