‘Sidelined’ parents unite against 90:10
Parents of students from ICSE, CBSE and other non-state boards are trying to get support of parents of students from state board in their court battle against the 90:10 quota. Snehal Rebello & Serena Menon report.india Updated: Jun 20, 2009 00:54 IST
Parents of students from ICSE, CBSE and other non-state boards are trying to get support of parents of students from state board in their court battle against the 90:10 quota.
“We are trying to speak to SSC parents telling them we should not be getting at each other’s throat because of the government’s short sighted policies,” said Sanjay Kher, parent of ICSE Class 10 student from Bombay Scottish School, Mahim.
“We want to sit down and work out a permanent policy together.”
Kher along with three other parents will move the Bombay High Court on June 22. The petition is backed by 500 signatures from parents of students across 13 schools.
“We appreciate and understand the problem. There are five different Boards with different marking schemes. We accept the problem and that some form of normalisation is needed,” said Kher.
On Friday, the state government issued the government resolution on the 90:10 reservation. While 90 per cent seats would be reserved for students from the SSC board, 10 per cent would filled by other Boards.
Parents of students from the SSC boards are still undecided. “SSC board parents don’t have anything against the ICSE parents. Their discussion is very amiable. Everyone wants a fair decision for his or her child,” said Arundhati Chavan, chairperson, Parent Teacher Association United Forum.
Xavier Luis, who had moved the court in 2008, against the percentile system will also move court.
“The government resolution is an ambiguous document. The basic step will be to stop the admission process. We also want the court to issue notices of contempt to the chief minister, education minister and the education secretary. To prove violation of the constitution will be very easy after the GR,” said Luis.
He added that he was informally contacting parents from other Boards — International Baccalaureate and Indian General Certificate of Secondary Education.
With different groups of parents moving court, there will be one central petition finally.