Kerala CBSE Schools call for inclusive attitude from State Government

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Trivandrum: The Kerala CBSE School Managements Association has asked the Kerala Government to adopt an ‘inclusive attitude’ towards the stakeholders of CBSE schools in the State while making decisions and framing policies related to education.

Addressing a press conference after a meeting of the State Council of the Association, Adv T P M Ibrahim Khan, President of the Association said, “While unaided schools are unable to pay the wages fixed by the State government for aided schools, the Association is willing to meet with the government to fix a new wage scale. But imposing various taxes on the schools will only affect the standard of education. The fact is CBSE schools across the State are tarred with the same brush.”

About 200 members representing about 1,300 CBSE schools across the State attended the meeting and discussed a gamut of issues ranging from salaries of teachers to fee structures, school transportation, making Malayalam compulsory and hosting a youth festival.

The Association has demanded 200 school working days in an academic year to complete the syllabus. “In the last academic year, we got only 155 days. While in the past couple of years, the CBSE adopted a lenient academic pattern, it has now become tougher. The Kerala State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights must consider this while taking decisions about school days,” said Association General Secretary, Dr Indira Rajan.

The CBSE schools in Kerala are teaching Malayalam till class 8 but the State government has now made it compulsory till class 10. “The central nature of the CBSE syllabus makes this difficult and we want the government to take a lenient position towards class 9 and 10 students,” she added. CBSE schools are increasingly being controlled by State governments; this is not suitable for its national character.

The Association has written to CBSE Chairman to expedite the publishing to board examination results taking into concern the plight of students who want to migrate to other boards. Replying to a question on CBSE schools in Kerala not following NCERT textbooks, the President said all schools have been directed to comply with the CBSE order of using NCERT books from the next academic year.

Preliminary steps have been taken towards including CBSE school students in the NCC, Scouts and Guides, and the Kerala’s unique Student Police Cadet programme.

Anil Philip
Kerala Biz News

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