CBSE schools demand compliance of court order

The Madras High Court order last month directing the State authorities to allow students of CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) schools to take part in competitions conducted by the school education department has not been interpreted in proper perspective by the authorities, CBSE school principals complain.

At a meeting with physical education teachers at the KAP Viswanatham Higher Secondary School on Thursday, the Regional Inspector of Physical Education was reported to have insisted on a written order from the Chief Inspector of Physical Education for including CBSE students in the fixtures. The CBSE schools were given a week's time to comply with the formality.

The higher authorities appear to be in a fix, unable to make out if the High Court's interim injunction was applicable to the writ petitioner alone or all CBSE students. The order restrained (State) authorities from preventing a CBSE student from participating in sports events for selection to Tamil Nadu State teams. The petitioner had challenged the order dated July 23, 2008, cancelling the participation of CBSE school students in sports competitions held by the School Education Department. For two years, the CBSE schools had to forgo the district-level competition conducted by the department.

According to the CBSE school principals, the time now was too short for them to individually prevail upon the department to direct the office of the Chief Inspector of Physical Education to issue necessary written orders. “By the time we fulfil the process, the competitions slated for start in mid-August will be over,” apprehended Bro.Mariannan, Principal, Montfort School, Kattur.

In the hope generated by the High Court order, CBSE schools had devoted substantial time, resources and energy to prepare students for the inter-school competitions. Explaining that denial of opportunity for their students was tantamount to causing disrespect to the High Court order, CBSE school principals are surprised at the insistence on written orders by the authorities.

Seeking to allay apprehensions of CBSE school principals, the Chief Educational Officer T.Mohanakumar opined that the implication of the High Court order was clear. The order will be considered as a basis for including students from CBSE schools in the inter-school competitions this year, he told ‘The Hindu.'

On their part, the CBSE schools are determined not to let go the opportunity to take part in the inter-school competitions this time.

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