Parents of Swami Vivekanand school students had started a signature campaign to put pressure on the management. File pic
It was V for victory for parents of children studying in Borivli’s Swami Vivekanand School. It has announced that it will have state board curriculum along with the Indian Certificate of School Education (ICSE).
The school, which had shifted from the state board to ICSE, had found itself in a soup after parents from Gorai started a signature campaign against the management to go back to the state board, which, they said, is more affordable and feasible option.
mid-day had reported last week about the campaign. The school management, which was under a lot of pressure, had asked for a few days to take a decision.
The ICSE, parents had complained, was a costly affair for which they were not ready — annual fees under the international board are over Rs 60,000; when the SSC board was being followed, the fees ranged between Rs 22,000 and Rs 25,000.
“At this juncture, it was not possible to admit our children to other schools. Hence, we are happy with the school’s decision, and will continue here,” said one parent.
Another said, “The school began shifting from its state-board pattern to ICSE four years ago. While initially it followed both boards simultaneously, recently, it had switched entirely to ICSE. We were not against that. We just wanted that state board be continued with. There are anyway very few private schools in this locality that provide good state board education.”
Director of the school Yogesh Patel said, “We started ICSE on parents’ demand, because currently, it’s the preferred board. But then, when demand to bring state board increased, we decided to have both.”
Vice president of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Nayan Kadam, who was helping the parents in their struggle, said, “This locality has many middle-class and lower-middle class residents. It is important that a good school having state board curriculum run here. We are glad that the school management has responded to the parents’ demand, positively.”