BANGALORE: Shocked by the alleged involvement of department officials in running unauthorised schools, senior officials in the Department of Public Instruction have decided to set up a committee to inspect the schools.
Following a recent case of sexual assault on a three-year-old at a school in North Bangalore and which was allegedly being run illegally with the support of a department official, Commissioner of Public Instruction Mohammed Mohsin said, “We will form 40 committees with three members each. The members include two department officials and one official from an NGO or an education expert.”
The committees will visit the schools and submit reports to higher officials. The administrative lapses by the department have been proved after the Orchids International School incident, where the school was allowed to run Kannada medium from Class 1 to 5, but admitted students for English medium classes (CBSE syllabus), from pre-nursery to class 7.
“Monitoring the private CBSE and ICSE schools in the state is so bad, the government cannot even trust its own officers,” said the principal of one of the schools affiliated to state boards. Surprisingly, the department has no data on the number of schools offering CBSE and ICSE syllabus from the last five years.
The committees will also identify unauthorised schools and verify the reports submitted by DDPIs. The Department has also urged the public and NGOs to submit evidence regarding irregularities committed by schools.
The evidences will be examined and action will be taken. The final report will be submitted to the government to derecognise unauthorised schools.