Some smell rat, Secy education says the shifting doesn’t matter
SRINAGAR: Several private schools in Kashmir valley are switching over to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) from the Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (JKBOSE) that is raising concerns in the valley.
Most of the leading schools, particularly in Srinagar are already affiliated with the CBSE.
However, some other reputed schools have shifted from JKBOSE to CBSE citing that the board’s standards were not up to mark.
“The JKBOSE is the worst board in the country” said Riyaz Ahmad, in-charge academics of Green Valley Educational Institute Srinagar, a prominent school in the city. Green Valley has shifted to the CBSE pattern this year.
“Following the JKBOSE syllabus, the students are not able to compete later in the competitive exams due to the poor syllabus. The CBSE provides all the support online and we found this as a better way to impart quality education to our students,” Riyaz said.
Under the JKBOSE, the schools are prescribed syllabus of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
Some academicians have raised alarm saying that this shift should not be encouraged. “We need to understand that this move is aimed at centralizing our good schools,” said a member of Private Schools’ Association, wishing to be anonymous.
“When a school joins CBSE it loses control over major issues,” he said.
Stating that JKBOSE immediately needs to review its functioning and restructure as per modern standards, he said, otherwise in future, there will be “a divide in society” on this basis as well.
The officials say that they have no say in the choice of the school administrations decisions.
“We don’t want to be a hurdle. The option to choose is with schools,” said, Secretary Education, Farooq Shah.
“There will be hardly difference of five percent in the syllabus of the two boards. Rest if the same,” Shah said.
Some other schools in the valley are also mulling to change their affiliation.
“The first thing is that we face problems with the JKBOSE. The work that can be done in a few minutes may take days altogether,” says principal of another school in Srinagar.
“It is also that CBSE affiliate schools get more admissions as parents prefer to enroll their wards in these schools,” he said.
The JKBOSE officials, however, were not available for the comment.