BANGALORE: Schools that did not show even a single pass in the SSLC exams are likely to lose government recognition. The Education Department has also decided to stop providing grant-in-aid to such schools, which means they face the prospect of closure.
Twenty-five schools, including eight in the city, have shown dismal results. Two of them are run by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). The rest are unaided private schools.
Primary and Secondary Education Minister Kimmane Rathnakar told Express stringent action was necessary against schools failing to provide good education.
“What is the need for schools that fail to help even a single student pass?” he wondered. Rathnakar is seeking the opinion of the Law Department. “Once that is in, our officers will take action,” he said. The minister said no government school had done so badly in the 2014 March-April examinations.
A list obtained from the department shows eight Bangalore schools against whom action is imminent. Notices will be served to the schools, including those under the administrative control of the BBMP, before any action is initiated, Rathnakar said. The department will ensure that students are not put to any inconvenience. They will be shifted to nearby schools, an official source said.
When Express visited a school without a single pass this year, the authorities placed the blame on students. “It is not a school problem. We have adequate staff and space. When students are not interested in studies, all our efforts go to waste,” said Sowmya K, administrator, Rohini International Public High School, Nayandahalli (Mysore Road).
The school, established six years ago, is located in an industrial area. Last year, it had 10 students for SSLC, all from families of daily wagers. “We tried our best to bring them to school. Most of the days they were absent,” she said.
Even this year, the school has 10 students for SSLC. “The teachers are trying their best to get good results,” she said.
Under the lens
Bangalore North: Sri Guru Maharudra High School, Lakkenahalli; Corporation Girls High School, Dayanandanagar; Emmanuel High School, Ramaswamypalya; Sri Manjunathaswamy High School, Nagashettyhalli
Bangalore South: Sri Gururaja High School, Byrasandra, Wisdom High School, Corporation High School, Gavipuram Guttalli; Rohini International Public High School, Nayandahalli
Bijapur: Hajrath KA High School, Darga (pvt); Smt Balamma Bannada High School, Allapur Tanda (aided); Nagarala Public English Medium High School, Behind P&T Quarters (pvt)
Dharwad: Siddarameshwara High School, Annigeri (pvt)
Gulbarga: Azim Urdu High School, Shahabad (pvt); Shambulingeshwara High School, Diggaon (pvt); Kannada Medium High School, Ambedkar Colony (pvt)
Mysore: Sir M Visvesvaraya High School, Indiranagar (pvt)