The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) uploaded a notice to its website, mentioning the issue of parents paying bribes to board officials and school authorities, all the while discouraging them from doing so.
The PRO of CBSE informs that the chief concern of the CBSE is that parents should not fall prey to such tactics, neither for admissions nor scholarships. The Notice has been put up online to make parents aware, that they can directly contact CBSE if they are been forced to pay bribe by someone.
Avnita Bi, the Principal of R N Podar High School, Santacruz, said that with the advent of next admission process, guardians and parents tend to become frantic about specific schools. She also opinionated that the new admission rules i.e. quotas for the underprivileged, falling under the RTE Act do not lend a hand much. As a result, several parents turn out to be depending on touts and end up paying huge amount of money, and get tricked."
She further added that a vigilance committee established by the CBSE, gets complaints from parents on donations and bribery. On matters and problems related to bribe or donations, now parents can directly contact the Chairman of the CBSE. Principals of several schools of Mumbai stated that bribery is offered everywhere, but is out of control in Delhi.
Arundhati Chavan (President, PTA United Forum) said that despite the forum requesting the education department, to structure a grievance redress cell for complainers and parents, to be able to directly get in touch with the government with problems, till date, no development has been made.
Arundhati also mentions that parents directly going to the education department with complaints are not treated well, therefore, this is another reason for the parents depending on touts and the government now needs to pay attention to this issue.