Parents protest outside the district collectorate on Monday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Ten parents lodged a complaint with East Singhbhum DC Amitabh Kaushal on Monday, accusing three private English schools of violating regulations of the boards they were affiliated to.
The complainants, who also protested under the banner of Jamshedpur Abhibhavak Sangh, said CBSE-affiliated Valley View School and Vidya Bharati Chinmaya Vidyalaya and ICSE-affiliated Hill Top School had allowed private outfits to offer engineering coaching on their premises. They claimed that the move was a violation of guidelines laid down by the respective boards.
While Valley View School has permitted Akash Coaching to run from its campus, Vidya Bharati Chinmaya Vidyalaya has made space for Narayana Coaching. Hill Top School has joined hands with Prerna Classes.
All three coaching centres have their main branches at Sakchi and Bistupur.
The parents further claimed that besides violating board regulations, these classes were cheating the students by roping in inferior faculty.
“Students who have enrolled into the science stream of Class XI are being asked by school authorities to join these coaching centre to prepare for competitive exams. Students, who take already admissions to these centres, complain that the teachers are of inferior quality when compared to those at the main branches. This is a form of cheating,” said Umesh Kumar, president of Jamshedpur Abhibhavak Sangh.
Kumar pointed out that both CBSE and ICSE boards have clear regulations that schools should not use their buildings or infrastructure for any activity other than that for which affiliation has been granted.
“We have lodged a complaint with East Singhbhum DC Amitabh Kaushal and submitted a copy of CISCE and CBSE by-laws. We will also write to the authorities of both boards, informing them of the violation,” he added.
Principal of Vidya Bharati Chinmaya Vidyalaya Vipin Sharma and principal of Hill Top School Puneeta B. Chouhan, however, denied forcing any student to join the private coaching classes.
“Our aim is to help students get engineering coaching at Telco itself. Earlier, they had to go to the main branches located some 8-10km away. They returned so tired that they could not study at home. The school is not charging a single penny from the students for this,” both said.
Valley View School principal Alka Arvind Kumar could not be contacted.