Mumbai: Amidst the ongoing tussle between Shardashram Vidyamandir School, Dadar, and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the school has decided to go ahead with starting Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) board. While, the BMC has sent a warning letter to the school stating to declare it ‘illegal’ if they continue with ICSE admissions for Class 1 to 4 and start this international school despite having an existing Secondary School Certificate (SSC) board.
The management of the school is adamant about continuing with admissions to ICSE for Class 1 to 4 for this academic year. The admissions will be conducted once summer vacations are over as the school will reopen in mid June. Parents have been informed about the same as there is no change in fee structure as per the management. The fees for Class 1 (ICSE) is increased to Rs 4,000 per month.
But due to constant protests by parents, BMC has opposed this decision of the school to start an ICSE school while already having an existing SSC board. Mangesh Satamkar, Chairman of BMC education committee, said, “We have sent a warning letter to the school. If the school continues forcibly to start ICSE board and compel students to secure admissions we will take strict action, initiate an inquiry and declare the school as illegal. Even if the state has given a nod to the school, the school needs to take permission from the BMC and cannot run without it.”
While, the school management claimed they have received a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the state education department and they will respond to the BMC accordingly. Subhash Jadhav, Administrative Officer of the school said, “We will respond to the letter from the BMC. We have gained the NOC and if the BMC had a problem with it they should have raised the issue before. We will continue with our ICSE admissions. We have increased the fees of just Class 1 so that we can manage the international curriculum and salary of teachers.”
While the BMC and the school are having a conflict, parents revealed they are the ones who are confused. A parent said, “My child studied SSC curriculum till Class 2 and now he has to study ICSE in Class 3. I do not know if my child will be able to cope up with it.” While, Jadhav added, “We have been training both teachers and students in ICSE curriculum since last two years. We have plans to adopt complete ICSE board gradually.”