District elementary education officer P Gandhimathi initiated the process of checking erring nursery and primary schools in the city last month.
TOI reported that preliminary verbal accounts showed that around 50 nursery and primary schools were functioning without recognition certificate from the school education department.
Assistant elementary education officers were visiting the schools in their blocks and verifying the documents. As a result, a partial report of the check in the city was submitted to the district elementary education officer last week.
“We issued showcause notices to 30 nursery and primary schools on Wednesday evening. The schools either did not renew the continuous recognition or did not even obtain a recognition certificate from us,” said Gandhimathi.
The schools have been given 15 days to respond to the showcause notices. “We have asked them (school management) to submit their explanation for not renewing or obtaining the recognition certificate. We will decide the next step based on their explanations,” she said.
However, it is likely that the school education department might extend the time for submitting the explanation, as it had provided an extended date last year too.
“Generally, schools explanation are considered by the department unless there is a grave violation. School generally do not satisfy the norms of the department for recognition, and this hesitate to apply for the recognition from us,” a senior official of the department requesting anonymity said.
“The schools are given 40-50 days to fix the irregularities and apply for recognition. Then the department initiates the inspection process, and on satisfaction, the department issues the recognition to the schools,” the official said.
“Those schools that fail to fix the irregularities are issued closure notices in April,” Gandhimathi said, adding that there might be more schools in the city which might receive the showcause notices.
“We are still checking the schools, and the moment we find them, a notice will be issued,” she said.