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Oxford School declares to shut down, parents panic

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Oxford School in Bavdhan announces its closure as the CBSE rejects its affiliation. The declaration led to panic amongst parents and protests erupted. However, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) issued notice to Oxford International Public School, Bavdhan and directed the school to continue for 18 months.

CBSE rejects Oxford School’s affiliation

The school was denied affiliation by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on reasons such as sharing a campus with an engineering college. After the rejection, “The school had called for a parent-teacher meeting to declare their decision. They announced to shut down from the next academic year. This came as a shock as finding another school in such a short notice is fairly impossible,” shares a parent requesting anonymity.

PMC asks Oxford School to file for NOC

The notice issued by PMC came as a relief to parents. This notice was in response to a parent’s complaint whose children are studying in the Oxford School, shares an official.  According to the reports, the PMC’s education department has claimed that schools cannot shut down all of a sudden. The academic establishments are required to obtain a NOC or a No-Objection Certificate and serve a minimum of 18-month notice period prior to the closing procedures.

The school is asked to send in an application to the education department about its shut down. Also, the institution must ensure enough time for parents to search for an alternative. However, the school officials clarify, “We have informed parents that the school will remain open for the next academic year it there are students. The parent-teacher meeting was called only to inform guardian that we did not get the CBSE affiliation so that they can start searching for other options if they like.” The school officials confirmed that they have a NOC from the state government to run the school. Since the CBSE has rejected the affiliation, they will be applying to the state government for closure permission.

Parents are concerned over the quality education

The Oxford School has already announced its shut down. Parents are now worried about the quality of education in the next 18 months. Will the school run efficiently? Will the teaching staff remain intact? Will the students’ education remain unaffected? Such questions are creating panic amongst the parents.

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