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Self-financing schools flay State Government's stand

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Denial of NoC for switching over to CBSE or ICSE deplored

VIRUDHUNAGAR: Union Ministry of Human Resource Development should issue an order making no-objection certificate from the State Government not mandatory for self-financing schools in the State to switch over to Central Board of School Education (CBSE) and Indian Council for Secondary Education (ICSE), a body of matriculation schools has sought.

In a memorandum addressed to the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Kapil Sibal, the Association of Virudhunagar District Matriculation and Matriculation Higher Secondary Schools, its secretary, A. Rajendran, said that Tamil Nadu Government refused to issue the NOC sought by the private schools. “Matriculation schools in Tamil Nadu were facing a lot of difficulties … because of the interference of State Government,” the memorandum said.

Terming the State Government's move as “politically motivated”, he said the State Government in 1977 had allowed self-financing system of schools with complete investment on infrastructure by private parties and gave them a free hand to select the syllabus and education board.

Lakhs of students were studying in around 35,000 private schools. The Government was saving around Rs. 5,000 crore a year on account of salary, which otherwise would have to be paid by the government to the teachers of so many schools.

Mr. Rajendran said that introduction of equitable standard education would affect the students. “The parents are willing to pay the fee structure fixed by the self-financed schools … there is no complaint from any parent against those institutions,” he said. He said despite all the efforts of the Government to improve the standard of education in Government and aided schools, it could not succeed.

Stating that most of the self-financing schools, on introduction of equitable standard education, wanted to switch over to CBSE and ICSE syllabus, and the State Government was not giving the NOC for the same.

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