Government favouring public or private schools?

GULBARGA: The outright rejection of the recommendation to appoint an administrator to five schools run by two different societies in Gulbarga city by the Additional Commissioner of Public Inst

Published: 23rd January 2012 03:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:20 PM   |  A+A-

GULBARGA: The outright rejection of the recommendation to appoint an administrator to five schools run by two different societies in Gulbarga city by the Additional Commissioner of Public Instructions for violating the directives of Karnataka Education Act 1983 and for collecting excess fees from students, has created doubts on whether the government is in favour of the public or private educational institutions.

The then Additional Commissioner of Public Instructions of Gulbarga Syed Abdul Rub wrote to the government on September 29 last year, and recommended appointing an administrator for St Joseph English Pre-Primary School, St Joseph English and Kannada Medium Primary School, St Joseph English Medium High School, Lillirose Primary School and Farana HS of Gulbarga.

Rub sent the report submitted by the inquiry committee which inspected these schools and found many discrepancies in recommending the appointment of administrators to these schools.

But the government through its under secretary to Education Department M Prabhuswami replied to Rub on November 21, rejecting the recommendation of appointing an administrator. Prabhuswami expressed the inability of the government to appoint an administrator as all schools were unaided. As per the rules, there is no provision to appoint an administrator to unaided schools.  Prabhuswami stated that the government has constituted district-level education regulating authority under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioners. The ZP CEO and DDPIs would be members of this committee. If schools were collecting registration fees illegally, the parents can lodge a written complaint to the committee.  This authority would hold an inquiry in front of the complainant for taking suitable action against the institution.

But many parents who spoke with this correspondent, asked how it is possible for them to go before the authority and complain about the institution in which their wards were studying. What would be the future of their children if they go against the institution? they asked.

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