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CBSE promises action

The Central Board of Secondary Education will go tough on schools that take affiliation based on false address, said the board’s new regional head on Friday.

Rashmi Tripathi, regional officer, Patna (Bihar and Jharkhand), said: “The board will keep tabs on fraudulent schools that do this. Action would be taken against them.”

She added that flying candidates — who take admission but take private coaching instead of attending classes in school — would also be checked.

Sources said there are institutions that show a rural location at the time of requesting affiliation from the board but actually operate in urban areas. While it is easier to get land in rural areas than in places such as Patna, students for CBSE schools are easier to get in urban areas.

Tripathi, who took charge on Friday after spending three weeks at the CBSE’s Delhi office as joint secretary, said: “At present, I am just getting a feel of the situation and just want to understand things around me. It is good that I will be associated with schools on a grassroots level because that is where a child’s base for the future is strengthened.”

The regional officer, who has studied in Patna and Jamshedpur, also promised pro-student changes.

Patliputra Sahodaya welcomed Tripathi. The group also bade farewell to the former regional officer, S.P. Sharma.

Patliputra Sahodaya president Rajiv Ranjan Sinha conducted the event.