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Bengaluru: Education dept notice to Orchids; parents protest against school

The Orchids International School has received another letter, its fourth in recent months, from the Department of Public Instruction for allegedly violating standards.

The Block Education Officer (BEO) of Bengaluru South (1) has notified the Nagarabhavi branch of the school about admitting students, although it does not have a CBSE affiliation to conduct grades 5 to 8.

Several parents questioned this and gathered near the school on Tuesday morning to demand reimbursement of school fees. According to the parents, the school management “cheated” them by offering “illegal” CBSE education.

“We were shocked to receive a circular from the school two days ago stating that they will conduct exams for grades 5 and 8 as per the state syllabus. If we have admitted our children to CBSE, how can they take exams in the state syllabus? protesting parents said.

Speak against DHa department official said the school management has certified in writing that they are following the state council syllabus.

“As far as we know and the response from the school management, they offered a state syllabus. But according to the complaints of the parents, they admitted students who claimed to be affiliated with CBSE. The Deputy Director of Public Education (DDPI) will be
visited the school on Wednesday to verify this,” an official said.

In the first two cases, the Sarjapur Road and Magadi Road branches of the school were in the dock for unauthorized admission of students.

In the third case, the BTM Layout branch was accused by parents of moving pre-school children to another building without their consent.

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The school management could not be reached for comment.

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