Several Private Schools failed to submit safety norms certificates

Subodh Bhasin. Dated: 1/9/2019 10:42:51 AM

Subodh Bhasin
Jammu, Jan 8
As several schools in Jammu lack safety norms the education department has asked schools to submit the details regarding the procedures, norms, and equipments related to safety.
Taking a serious note of several complaints and non submission of the required details regarding lab chemical safety, building safety, fire and emergency along with a no objection certificate (NoC) from the traffic department, the authorities now asked to submit the certificate (NOC) while recommending cases of recognition and extension of private institutes.
It is worthwhile to mention here that the education department grants recognition and extension to private educational institutes of J&K on the basis of affiliation by the J&K Board of School Education on recommendations of the Director, School Education, Kashmir/Jammu. There are more than 4500 private educational institutions across the state of Jammu and Kashmir and as far as in Jammu division the strength of private schools is more than 2, 500, of which number of schools failed to provide the requisite certificate from the concerned departments as per the norms.
The authorities have taken the step after it was noticed that it that the head of departments, while recommending the cases of private schools, were not submitting the requisite certificates, causing a delay in the disposal of such cases. They said even an NOC from the traffic department was not being submitted while recommending the cases.
Talking to Young Bites correspondent Ex Dy AG Dinesh Singh Jamwal said main reason behind the non-submission of requisite certificates by the directorate was incomplete information provided by the management of private schools.
He further added that the move by the education department is appreciable and in fact, in January 2018, 284 private schools operating within Jammu municipal limits were closed for not adhering to three essential criteria: Fire safety, building safety and lab chemical safety.
As per the reports the department has made it clear to both the directorates to ensure that all requisite certificates are submitted while recommending the cases of private schools for grant of recognition and extension.


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