Tamil Nadu government has rectified the absurdity in school recognition rules, authorizing itself to allow recognition to schools affiliated to CBSE, ICSE and other boards. This information was submitted in the high court of Madras by the school education department when a petition came up for hearing. The petition was in quest of inclusion of suitable provision in the regulations under RTE Act 2009 (Right of Children to Free & Compulsory Education Act, 2009).
The Right of Children to Free & Compulsory Education Act, 2009 was enacted in the year 2009. It came into force in the year 2010. Tamil Nadu’s school education department committed a boo-boo with an ambiguity in its rules. Due to this, though it had incorporated other provisions, the state rules didn’t have any explicit rule to grant recognition to CSE and CBSE schools.
Laying impetus on this incongruity, A V Pandian of Thirumullaivoil lodged a petition stating that the state was bereft of a significant power, and due to which a hefty number of CBSE schools had sprung up all across Tamil Nadu & were carrying its operations without any recognition.
When the subject cropped up for hearing before the 1st bench comprising Justice M Sathyanarayanan and Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, G Sankaran submitted that Central Board of Secondary Education can grant affiliation for classes upto Class 6th, and recognition from Tamil Nadu was required for schools functioning Class 7th onwards.