Primary School, Can I Start One?

Sometimes people are so excited about the prospect of starting a new project that they will go head-on with such proposition as how to start a primary school. However it is more important to know if one can start a primary school or not and what does it really take to start a school?

We have had a lot of queries from people asking about whether it is possible to start a primary school in a certain specified area and how to go about it. In most of the cases, we found that the interested people have capital and monetary resources, but lack the experience and know how of successfully running a school. The question is can investors or interested people be enabled to establish and run a school successfully. Well, ‘Yes’ is the answer.

Primary and Secondary schools are more elaborate institutions as they serve students of different grades. The enrollment in such institutes is quite high, ranging from few hundred to several thousand students.

Managing and providing for so many students is indeed a challenge. But for efficient management and experienced administrators it is just a set of tasks.

The first rule in how to start a primary school is commitment to provide quality education and facilities to the students. The most important requirement is the infrastructure or the facility center. It includes the school building, the campus, classrooms, drinking facilities, toilets, laboratories, office, library, etc.

A good part of the investment made on starting a school is on developing the infrastructure. One can have a building on rent or on lease, but owning one serves better. Also, the owner needs to have all rights to alter the structure of the building, as per school requirements.

However, one must not sit back and relax if the person already owns the site or building. The government controls primary school education and one has to liaise with the government and officials to secure their approval. The government also checks the demand of the school in a particular region. Department of Education is primarily responsible for granting such approvals.

The owner further has to obtain licenses to make sure that the facilities are standard and provisions like safe drinking water, health and hygiene are maintained by the school officials. In case of any complaint, the authorities can have personal visits and inspection of the facilities. If the facilities are found non-standard, the authorities can cancel the licenses and even demand a fine.

Regarding day-today administration, a board or key faculty members are selected and primary tasks are delegated to them. These people are responsible for the proper administration of the school.

The school also has to secure affiliation with some known institution that will provide unbiased accreditations. In India the schools also have to opt for curriculum and assessment systems like CBSE and State Boards. The school has to work in accordance with them.

Still, if you are stuck with the one-liner “How to start a primary school”, you need not worry about it, just pay a visit to the local education department and you will receive great information.


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