Kerala high court on Friday directed the state government to grant NOCs to schools satisfying CBSE/ICSE norms for affiliation.
A direction in this regard was issued by a division bench comprising Justices T N Ramachandran Nair and C K Abdul Rahim after dismissing a government appeal challenging a single judge’s order quashing conditions imposed for granting NOCs.
The bench directed CBSE and ICSE boards to enforce a condition for continued affiliation, payment of salary provisionally at the rate of Rs 10,000 per month for primary teachers’, Rs 15,000 for high school teachers and Rs 20,000 for higher secondary teachers.
The court also directed that non teaching staff– clerks– be paid Rs 6,000 and Class IV employees Rs 4,000 per month as salary as an interim measure till government takes a decision.
Criticising the government for creating obstacles for CBSE and ICSE schools for grant of NOCs, the bench also came down on the attitude of educational agencies in exploiting ICSE/CBSE teachers.
The bench made it clear that if any manipulation or violation is found leading to actual payment below amounts shown as paid under affiliation norms, appropriate action, including withdrawl of NOC and affiliation, as well as permissible criminal action should be taken against managements and principals involved.
Among the conditions laid down by government to grant NOCs for schools seeking CBSE/ICSE affiliation is that they should have three acres land and 300 students.