Private schools protest new student registration fee

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IMPHAL October 27: The Zonal Educational Officers (ZEO) of Education Department, Government of Manipur in violation of Right to Education Act has issued an order for compulsory student registration with a fee.

All Manipur Recognised Private Schools`™ Welfare Association, a collective of about 250 schools in Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal, Bishnupur and Churachandpur said this during a press meet held at Manipur Press Club today.

L Joy, secretary of the association alleged that there is no standing order in this regard from the Director of Education(S) GoM and as such this notification from the ZEOs`™ level is unfortunate.

`Whereas the Board of Secondary Education Manipur has cancelled registering of Class VIII students this year complying to RTE Act, the ZEOs re-issued the mandatory registration notice without any coherence to such modifications` he alleged.

According to him Imphal East Imphal West and Thoubal ZEOs had issued this order for compulsory registration by October 15. `Despite several attempts to nullify this order there was no cancellation of the order hence we submitted an appeal to the Secretary, BOSEM and copied it to the Director, Education (S)` he said.

The association also appealed to all the civil societies and groups to abstain from calling any agitation between November 20 to 30 as they will be hosting their 9th pre board exam for Class X students of their member schools.

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