Saturday, June 16, 2012

‘Controversial’ school not affiliated to CBSE: RTI reply

Deccan Herald: Bangalore: Saturday, June 16, 2012.
The Army Public School, JC Nagar, which is involved in a controversy with parents over fees, is not affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
In reply to an RTI application in April, the CBSE stated that the school was not affiliated to it. The applicant, the parent of a student, asked seven questions to CBSE in his RTI plea
The CBSE provided just a one-line answer to all the questions: No information available as the school is not affiliated. Deccan Herald has a copy of the CBSE reply.
The school, however, says its application for affiliation is “in process”, and hopes to get the affiliation before classes resume on June 25. The school was earlier called the Parachute Regiment School, JC Nagar.
A controversy arose in 2008 when it drastically increased the fees, and refused to allow students who did not pay the revised fees to attend classes. The matter went to the High Court which directed the school to continue with the old fee structure and refund the extra sum.
Giri Kumar, Secretary of the Parachute Regiment School Parents’ Association, alleged that the school changed its name this year just to collect exorbitant fees. “It is supposed to be for children of late Army personnel. But 80 per cent of the students belong to civilian families,” Kumar claimed.
The school raised the monthly fees from Rs 770 to Rs 1,565. But the HC struck it down and directed the school to refund the extra fees collected since 2009. The school, Kumar alleged, collected an additional sum of Rs 600 each from 1,700 students since 2009. It owed nearly Rs four crore to the parents, he said and added that the school had not filed Income Tax returns.
Management version;
The school’s officer-in-charge, Col P M Gopinath, however, denied all allegations. He says the change of name is part of the Army Welfare Education Society’s (AWES) plans to open Army Public Schools across the country. Gopinath said the school had been recognised by the AWES and was awaiting clearance from CBSE. The fee is fixed by AWES, he said.
“We are accountable for each penny,” he told Deccan Herald.
“It’s an unseemly battle. They (the parents) want to pay less than the Army personnel. Do you think we’d risk running the school without (proper) affiliation,” Col Gopinath asked, terming the Association “illegal”. In effect, the school is affiliated to the CBSE, but has to get re-affiliation because of a change in name.


N. Lakshminarayana said...

The Claim by Officer In-Charge Col.Gopinath about School's Application for Affiliation to CBSE is utterly false and he is a big Liar. In fact, they have not made any request to CBSE about closing of Parachute Regiment School and opening of Army Public School, PRTC. In this regard, we have received RTI information from CBSE Board, Delhi, in the first week of June 2012. All the Schools all over India under A.W.E.S. comes under CBSE and this School is running since 1st July 2011 and the School Management have issued Marks Sheet / Report Card in the name of Army Public School for the Academic Year 2011-2012, which is Illegal and Fraud. Government of India pays the School Fees to all the children of Army Personnel all over India under Child Educational Allowance. This clearly shows that Members of A.W.E.S. Delhi, alongwith the School Management are involved in Looting General Public in the name of Army Public School. Without Permission and Affiliation from CBSE, the School Management have collected around Rs.21000/- from 1271 existing Students as Re-Admission Fee amounting to Rs.2.60 Crores for the Academic Year 2012 -13. ONE MORE ARMY PUBLIC SCHOOL RUN BY ARMY UNIT - ASC CENTRE, AGARAM POST, VICTORIA LAYOUT, BANGALORE WHICH CHANGED FROM ASC PUBLIC SCHOOL, IS ALSO NOT AFFILIATED TO CBSE BOARD (WE HAVE RTI REPLY FROM CBSE, DELHI)

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N. Lakshminarayana said...

One more RTI Reply from CBSE Board, Delhi nailed the Management of Army Public School, managed by Parachute Regiment Training Centre (PRTC). CBSE Board gave permission to change only the Name from 'Parachute Regiment School' TO Army Public School, PRTC subject to the condition that the School would not charge any Fresh Admission Fee from the Students. Inspite of the clear Order from CBSE, the School Management defying the Order are adamant & insisting the Parents to pay. The Children of the protesting Parents are humiliated, mentally harassed, discriminated in front of their Class Mates and they are not involved in Sports, NCC & Other Extra-Curricular Activities. The Karnataka Child Rights Commission, DDPI, Karnataka Education Department appointed Committee which conducted enquiry and submitted Report and initiated Action against the School. RTI has given us Strength to fight against injustice and egoistic people.