Ahmedabad city’s District Education Officer (DEO) has issued an order to close down 57 privately run primary schools. The schools that were asked to close down had less than 20 students each. According to sources, 14 of the 57 schools did not have a single student, and 37 of them had less than 10 students. Meanwhile, 20 others had less than 20 students.
The number of primary schools in the city has increased drastically. However, many do not have basic necessities, including enough teachers. These schools usually do not get students and fail to fulfil government norms.
According to the Right to Education Act 2009, every standard 1 to 5 class must have a minimum of 30 students and every standard 6 to 8 class must have 35 students. When a certain school fails to meet these guidelines, it is forced to shut down.