Cabinet approves new norms & criteria for opening schools, granting recognition

Shillong, May 28: Meghalaya Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Thursday, informed that the cabinet has approved the proposal for prescribing norms and criteria for grant of permission for opening and recognition of schools.

Rymbui said that the education department has decided to amend the earlier rules as the government is looking to streamline education in the state.

The minister stated that there were about 11 criteria to be met in order to open a school. “They have to have a proper land, to start a school in an urban area, they should have a minimum of 2.5 acre and in rural area 3.5 acre,” he said.

Further, he informed that the sponsoring body should have at least 3 month contingency fund to meet the salary of teachers. “All teachers appointed should meet the criteria as prescribed by the NCTE or the authority as the case maybe,” Rymbui said.

They will also be required to procure a no objection certificate from the District Commissioner or Superintendent of Police and ensure the safety of students.

In order to be permanently affiliated by MBOSE, the school will have to perform well in the 2-year probation period, the education minister informed.

The cabinet also approved prescribing norms and criteria for grants-in-aid to schools from the government. “To have uniformity and to weed out any bias to any school, norms should be set up. As and when the government has to give aid to school then these criteria have to be met,” he said.

Regarding the issue of reopening of schools, he said that the cabinet didn’t hold any discussions on the matter. He said that the issue will be taken up when the central government lifts the lockdown. 

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