The Indian Education Society has decided to initially change the curriculum in two schools
MUMBAI: One of the oldest group that provides quality education in the city, the Indian Education Society (IES) also famously known as King George High School, has decided to shift from the state board to the coveted ICSE board. The school which has famous alumni such as Urmila Matondkar, singer Abhijeet Sawant and former cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar will be turning over a new leaf as it nears the completion of a century.
The group, which runs 60 institutions in the city as well as in Raigad and Sindhudurg, will introduce the change in phases, starting with two schools this academic year. To kick-start the process, the kindergarten section of Raje Shivaji Vidyalaya in Dadar and Manik Vidyamandir in Bandra Reclamation will be getting the makeover in their curriculum. Though many SSC board schools have been shifting to the Delhi board, IES is doing so not only to improve the standard of education but also to retain the creamy layer of middle class families.
The superintendent of the school's management Vijaya Wagh said, "We will continue with the SSC curriculum for parents who don't want their children to opt for ICSE. However, we want to get all the students from the middle class families back on our campus as many parents now demand ICSE over the state board curriculum."
Ramesh Patkar, a member from the governing council, said, "Considering the facilities we provide, it is difficult to run all the institutions in the fees that we charge from the SSC schools. Also we have to change with the time. However, we are planning to hike the school fees by 50 per cent." He added that three more schools are lined up for a change in curriculum by 2009.
"We are introducing ICSE curriculum in the primary section from this academic year. Eventually, we will introduce it till class 10," said Shubhada Vinekar, principal, Manik Vidyamandir.
However, confusion looms over the existing teaching staff. "If parents are moving their children to ICSE schools, then an institution like IES has no other option but also to go in that direction. But the management has not been clear about what will be done to the existing teachers from Marathi medium schools as they gradually shift to ICSE," said a teacher on condition of anonymity.
However, Wagh said that SSC schools will continue to function, depending on the response from parents.