The Cathedral Vidya School (CVSL) in Lonavala, an IB (International Baccalaureate) world-class school, which also offers the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum, is closed. Faculty members, non-teachers and parents were informed on Saturday via an email from management that it was no longer financially possible to continue operations.
This comes at a time when students were scheduled to resume classes from Monday. While most IB and Cambridge IGCSE schools in Maharashtra start the academic year in June and July, CVSL starts its new session in May and goes on vacation from the end of June to August, as it rains heavily in Lonavala.
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The announcement titled “Vidya School Lonavala concludes” by Vineet Nayyar, Executive Vice President said: “The last two years of the pandemic have brought very difficult times. Various boarding schools across India have faced unreasonable amounts of operating pressure resulting in difficulties Significant financial.As CVSL is no exception, it has conducted multiple rounds of deliberation, planning and leadership discussions to ensure continuity and viability.However, as CVSL was unable to become a financially viable entity, CVSL management had to make the decision to terminate operations.This decision will be effective As of the current date, the 2021-22 school year will be the last school year.”
With parents now having to start looking for alternatives, school management is confident that the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge IGCSE schools will accept students. However, most of the IB and Cambridge IGCSE schools in and around Mumbai completed the admission process for the academic year 2022-23 in January.
“The principal will also make efforts to speak to other principals and administrations to make sure the children are accommodated,” Vinnett said, adding that nearly all of the previous school year’s exams have been completed and results for lower grades have been announced. He said, “There is only one Class X Cambridge board exam pending and the school will ensure that children attend.”
Reva Nayyar, CVSL Board of Directors, said, “The school started to suffer losses about three years ago. Not many admissions were made. Parents also stopped sending their children during the pandemic. We have had difficulties in getting new admissions even after recruiting agents and advertising “.