VIJAYAWADA: On the first day of the new academic year, the education officials issued notices to as many as 52 unrecognised schools in Krishna district of which 50 are located in Vijayawada city itself.
Acting on a series of complaints lodged by several student unions against the unabated operation of unauthorised schools across the district, the school education department has at last launched a special drive on Monday and the same will continue for the next three days.
A team headed by district educational officer K Subba Reddy visited the 52 schools and sealed them. The officials warned of initiating stringent action against the errant managements if they try to open the schools again, without relevant permissions.
According to official estimates, there are around 105 unrecognised schools in the district and a majority of them are located in and around Vijayawada. Despite several warnings, the managements reopened the schools in the new academic year by making a mockery of the rules.
“We have closed 52 unrecognised private schools during a surprise inspection here on Monday,” confirmed DEO Subba Reddy. Surprise inspections will be carried out in the other parts of the district in the next three days, to check unrecognised operation of private schools, he said and added that hefty fines will be imposed on the managements if found operating the schools without recognition.
The students, if any, enrolled in these schools will be admitted to the nearby government schools, he said and urged the parents to refrain from joining their children in schools without checking the credentials.