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CBSE to send showcause notice to Ruchika school

Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday said there was a case for shooting off a showcause notice to Sacred Heart Convent in Chandigarh, asking why it expelled Ruchika Girhotra from the school on account of non-payment of fee. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), to which the school is affiliated, is learnt to be considering such an action.

"We have got the report on the issue. On the basis of the report, it appears that a notice should be sent to the school by the Central Board of Secondary Education," Sibal said, on the sideline of a conference of state education secretaries on various education programmes.

The CBSE, as reported by this newspaper, had only recently issued an advisory to all its 10,000-plus affiliated schools asking them to "treat children as sensitive individuals who need to be protected at any cost" and to stand up to any "external pressure". The CBSE's advisory sought to remind that "schools are ideological institutions and not factories" and that "no school, under the guise of enforcing discipline, should mistreat any student or parent thereof".

A Chandigarh Administration report had found the school guilty of taking an unwarranted action against Ruchika. This report has already been sent to the CBSE, which will soon issue a notice to the school on the issue. A CBSE official in Chandigarh said on Thursday: "The notice will be received by the school in a day or two."

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