A school in Chennai approached the Madras high court against the circular issued by the state government that stated, “All CBSE and ICSE schools should have the recognition from the state school education department, to bring them all under its jurisdiction.”
Kamala Niketan Montessori School, Trichy, submitted a petition to the Justice M M Sundresh, in effect of which a notice was issued asking additional government pleader (education) P Sanjay Gandhi to file a counter-affidavit in eight weeks.
In the petition, the school's administrative officer P R Sathiamoorthy said CBSE schools are following the education laws laid down by the central board and have also started implementing the provisions of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (RTE Act).
On September 18, 2014 the state government notified an order amending the rules and bringing CBSE schools under the jurisdiction of the state school education department. On November 25, 2014, it wrote to CBSE schools to file Form-I application (for recognition) by November 26.
Noting the over interference of the state government in the curriculum and syllabi of CBSE schools, Sathiamoorthy said it would lead to anomalous situation, because all the CBSE schools are already complying with various rules and conditions laid down by the central board.
The school said, “all CBSE-affiliated schools, being driven by the CBSE, which itself is a part of the central government, naturally come under the control of the central government. When the school has already been registered with the CBSE, then the enforcement of receiving a certificate of recognition from the government of Tamil Nadu is absolutely unreasonable.”