“We do not have anything against the CBSE or ICSE Board, but the government needs to come out with a decision that standardises them with SSC Board.”
Surprisingly, this was not the opinion of parents of CBSE students but those of SSC students.
“I don’t understand how the state can be dormant for nine months and then suddenly make controversial decisions in haste. They need to prove to all boards that this 90 per cent reservation for state board is a fair decision,” said a parent of an SSC student and a teacher at an engineering college, requesting anonymity, fearing controversy.
The SSC Board Palak Sanghatana, a group of parents of SSC students, organised a meeting on Thursday to discuss the workability of the 90 per cent reservation for state board, recently declared by Education Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil.
“If this policy is passed, CBSE and ICSE students will go to court and hatred will be created towards the government. This quota system might work in Mumbai if it finds a way to rationalise its logic to everyone,” said Radhika Kulkarni (16), SSC student.
BJP corporator Parag Alavani along with Lok Bharti’s Dev Kapil Patil, BJP's Vinod Tawde and Shiv Sena's Deepak Sawant were present to pledge their support to the students, who demanded a fair formula.