Private schools observed BLACK DAY against government intervention 


-    More than 60,000 schools across the country affiliated witch state, CBSE and ICSE boards observed Black Day on the call of NISA. Schools from Delhi, UP, MP, Bihar, Assam, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Kashmir, Himachal, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu had maximum participation. 


-    Schools functioned with all teachers and staffs wearing BLACK RIBBON, schools and buses with BLACK FLAGS and sent representation to the honorable Prime Minister, MHRD, CBSE, . 


-    Schools being forced to take free admission of EWS children but not being reimbursed under RTE Act.


-    80% teaching and non-teaching staffs in private schools are female. Harassment of teachers and staffs on the name of police verification and psychometric test. 


-    Demands to restore autonomy of schools and dignity of educators. Management and principals not to be penalized for accidents.


-    If demands not heard, will intensify protest in coming months. 


New Delhi. The national federation of associations of budget private schools, National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA), observed BLACK DAY today in protest of increasing government intervention in day to day school management. More than 60,000 schools from all across the country associated with NISA functioned as usual work day today but with the teaching and non-teaching staffs wearing BLACK RIBBON and BLACK FLAG on schools and buses.  
Mr. Kulbhushan Sharma, National President of NISA said, “Education to all was given due emphasis with hope that this is the most significant way of putting, a third world country like India, on growth trajectory. For its contribution in providing education voluntarily, private schools and teachers have also been given a respectful position in society. However, in today’s world, when state has taken up the responsibility of providing free and compulsory education to all children between age group of 6 to 14 years, it is increasing control over education system and providers. This has led to increasing intervention into school management by government and has become threat to schools’ autonomy. Due to which thousands of schools have closed down across the country and those running schools are under immense stress. School management, principals and teachers are being treated as criminals.” 
On the matter of safety of students in the context of tragic death accident of a student in Gurugram, Mr Sharma alleged government for lack of vision and coordination. He said that since the day of accidents, schools have received school safety guidelines from CBSE, court, state education department and police and all the guidelines differ from each other. He said that NISA was faster than all the government bodies to come to action post Gurugram student death and issued advisory to all schools in network to ensure safety and security of students, staffs, school premises and vehicles. 
Dr Amit Chandra, National Coordinator of NISA said, “The widely celebrated Right to Education Act of 2009, even with its all good intention, resulting into a more divisive instrument. It has resulted into conflict among schools, parents, media and civil society groups instead of working together to provide quality education to all. The latest edition to the government control over education is through regulation of fee charged by private schools. Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Punjab now have legislation regulating school fee. Gujarat has gone steps further and capped the maximum amount of fee charged by schools. Private schools are providing quality education at very affordable cost. What government needs to do is, empower the poor students with fund so that they too could attend private schools as part of direct benefits transfer.”
S. Madhusudhan, the office bearer of NISA who runs a school in Hyderabad said, “All the rules, regulations and policies are impractical and biased. Private schools are not involved in the process of making policy. Even the recent school safety guidelines are causing us trouble. 80% School staffs are female and facing difficulties in police verification process, CCTV cameras will result into burdening parents with increased cost. Principals are being penalised for accidents and therefore Principals are unwilling to continue as Principal and teachers are unwilling to be promoted as teachers. School management is demotivated with bureaucratic procedures. Schools are being portrayed as villains.”
NISA and all its member associations have sent a representation to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and expecting to get his kind attention to reform the education system which is not yielding quality learning.