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Affiliation issue hangs in balance, govt authorities in slumber

Shahroz Afridi  Bhopal, July 01, 2013
First Published: 11:07 IST(1/7/2013) | Last Updated: 11:13 IST(1/7/2013)

The matter related to false declaration of affiliation with CBSE by Campion School, Bairagarh, and taking parents for a ride, has so far remained unattended by government authorities.

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“It is really surprising that a renowned name like Campion School, Bairagarh, is running in the state capital under the very nose of all senior government officials without affiliation and none of them has taken any action against them,” said Santosh Tulsiyani, one of the parents whose kid is studying in Campion School, Bairagarh.

“Parents are being taken for a ride as the school that claims to be affiliated by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) has taken recognition from local DEO (district education office).”

CM Upadhyaya, district education officer, said the case file had been sent to Rajya Siksha Kendra for further guidance on punitive action. The commissioner of Rajya Siksha Kendra ( RSK) didn’t reply to HT’s calls while media in-charge of Amitabh Anuragi, RSK, said he could comment only after going through the file concerned.

In the last winter session, local Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Dhruv Narayan Singh raised questions about Campion School, Bairagarh, in the state assembly. The state government accepted in the assembly that the school is not affiliated with CBSE.

It was only after irate parents of the students filed a Right to Information (RTI) application that the school hurriedly sought recognition from DEO. The school, which got this recognition on September 3, 2012, has been functioning and admitting students since 2008.

While the school diary clearly states that it enjoys an affiliation from CBSE, a letter (dated July 7, 2012) from the board clearly states that no such arrangement exists with the school.

“Silence from senior officials is shocking.

After inquiry conducted by the school education department in which the school had clearly accepted that it is at fault and teaching CBSE syllabus without any affiliation from CBSE, we expected some action from the school education department.

But more than six months have passed since the report of the inquiry committee was submitted and no action has been taken against the school,” said Gopal Mukhraiyya, who exposed the “affiliation lies” of the school.

For four years, Campion School, Bairagarh, operated, admitted students and took hefty fees without having any sort of recognition from the district education department of the state government, which is necessary for all schools in MP. Campion School, Bairagarh, started in 2008 with admissions for Class 1 and now it goes till Class 6.

There are about 1,500 students enrolled and the fee charged is R2,000 per child per month.


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