Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ryan International School, Dugri not affiliated to CBSE

LUDHIANA: Jul 30, 2013(7STARNEWS)Constant pressure of parents on the district administration to tame Ryan International School, Dugri, which has drawn a storm of protests, has cleared the picture on school\'s non-affiliation with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

A committee, constituted two months back by Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari to look into the controversy over high fee structure and schoola??s affiliation, has found that school has no affiliation with any board.

According to rules, no school after primary level could run without affiliation with state or central boards.

Gurjot Singh, deputy district education officer and the head of the committee set by the DC, said, \"Contrary to school management\'s claims, we have found that school is not affiliated with CBSE.\"

But parents of schoolchildren felt that they have been kept in dark even after two months of formation of panel. As a result, parents again took out a protest over the issue at the deputy commissioner\'s office on Monday.

Two months back, parents along with an NGO had approached the DC complaining about high fee structure and over the affiliation issue. At that time, the DC ensured them to take appropriate action and formed a committee to probe into the matter.

But even the after report of the committee has caught the school on the wrong foot, no action has been taken against the school in these months. \"The administration has not taken our problems seriously. The school is charging Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,000 per child per month,\" said a parent.

\"Today, we went to DC office. We met ADC Neeru Katyal in the absence of DC. She told us to meet officials at the education department. We simple want the report of the committee,a?? said Kuljinder Kaur, a parent from Dugri phase-II.

Importantly, few months back, the district education office has prepared a list of all private, aided and unaided school, which were not following norms under the Right to Education Act such as whether schools have proper rooms, playground etc. Even during the initial protests, parents have told the administration the school is too small to have a playground. Deputy DEO Gurjot Singh said, \"I don\'t know whether Ryan International School was included in that list or not.\"

Ritu Seyal, principal of Ryan International School, said, \"We have applied for no objection certificate (NOC) from the state government. Once we get the NOC, we would apply to CBSE for affiliation.\"

She tried to put a brave front saying, \"The school has more than one acre of land. Besides, we also have indoor playground for badminton, skating and tennis. We have air-conditioned classrooms which is why the fee structure of our school is higher than other schools.\"

Deputy DEO Gurjot Singh said, \"I have no idea about the facilities and land. Parents claim the school doesn\'t have any playground, but management claims that they having a playground. I will visit the school and find out everything.\"

Deputy commissioner Rahul Tiwari said, \"Though we formed a committee two months back, I was not directly involved in it. All I know is the committee headed by the district education officer has forwarded a report to the education department.\"

On a question over school\'s affiliation and flouting of RTE norms, he said, \"We will verify if the school is actually flouting the norms and take appropriate actions against the school authorities.\"
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