National Public School management rushed to the Karnataka High Court on Wednesday seeking a stay on CBSE directive withdrawing affiliation to six of its schools in Bangalore and Mysuru, where thousands of students are studying.
The CBSE on Tuesday withdrew affiliation by NPS following the communication from state education department that the management of these schools has violated the RTE Act producing fake certificates under minority quota, which has been taken seriously by the Minorities Commission.
These six schools are run by the National Education Trust and allied trusts — National Academy for Learning, Basaveshwarnagar, National Public School, Indiranagar, Koramangala, Rajaji Nagar, HSR Layout 4th Sector of Bengaluru and NPS International School, Vijayanagar in Mysuru.
The CBSE has asked the NPS management not to go for admission to its next year students and said for this year the students of classes X and XII will be allowed to appear for the All-India Secondary School Examination / All India Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination of the Board to be held in 2017 and 2018 after ascertaining their eligibility as per examination bylaws. It has categorically stated that these six schools cannot run Classes for IX and XI under the CBSE pattern from 2017-18 session.
These schools are run by the National Education Trust and are most sought-after by parents in Bangalore. Its founder Gopalakrishnan was known to have rejected any recommendation for admissions in the last four decades, keeping the entire admission policy close to his heart and secret.
The DPI has finally cracked the whip on secretive admission policy of NPS schools sating, “The management of these schools have violated the RTE Act and are indulging in fraudulent means in order to circumvent the provisions of the RTE Act and are involved in criminal activities. Hence, this is a request to withdraw the CBSE affiliation of the schools and to take any further action as per extant rules.”
The plight of all those students admitted to NPS remains in dilemma now, forcing parents to look for other avenues now. One suggestion could be that the schools can seek affiliation from the state boards but the DPI needs to provide nod, which may not come easily unless the ministers in the Karnataka government rush to its rescue.