Mumbai: In an attempt to prevent state-run schools from shifting to private or international boards, the state education department has established a scrutiny board to inquire the decision of Shardashram Vidyamandir, Dadar. Parents protested as Shardashram school recently decided to shift from Secondary School Certificate (SSC) to Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) board.

Parents backed by the political support of Yuva Sena protested over this issue of sudden change of curriculum. The state education department has ordered an inquiry on the basis of a complaint filed by Sainath Durge, a Yuva Sena member, though the department has already given a no-objection certificate (NOC) to the school for gaining affiliation of ICSE board.

Durge mentioned the issue is grave as it is pertaining to the phenomenon of state-run schools shifting to private boards. Durge said, “We are not against ICSE board but large number of SSC schools are shifting to private boards. This is a major problem and the state should study and investigate before giving a NOC to such proposals. Also, the fees of private boards and international schools is much higher compared to state-run schools which is not affordable for parents belonging to middle-class families.”

Parents have staged repeated protests on school campus to express their disagreement over this decision of shift. A parent said, “The school management should not make a decision on its own without consulting and discussing it with the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Our children will not be able to cope up with this sudden shift and secondly the fees of an international board will be high. We cannot afford such exorbitant fees.”

More than 150 students of Class IV of Shardashram School were informed to shift to ICSE board for Class V from SSC board last week. The education department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) suggested that the school should have introduced ICSE at Class I and should have intimated parents prior to avoid any inconvenience.