BENGALURU: The Department of Public Instruction has written to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) recommending the disaffiliation of six schools run by National Education Trust.
The schools are on the radar for allegedly submitting a fake minority certificate to the Department to avoid giving 25 per cent seats under the RTE quota.
Confirming this development, Commissioner for Public Instruction Sowjanya told Express, “We have recommended to the CBSE that affiliation of these schools be withdrawn.”
The Department wrote to the CBSE chairman on August 11 after it conducted a probe following a communication it received from the National Commission for Minority Education Institutions (NCMEI) stating that the minority certificates provided by the schools were fake.
The Department’s letter to the CBSE chairman reads: “The management of these schools has violated the RTE Act and are indulging in fraudulent means to circumvent provisions of the RTE Act and are involved in criminal activities. Hence, this is a request to withdraw the CBSE affiliation of the above said schools and to take further action as per extant rules.”
A few weeks ago, the Commissioner for Public Instruction had directed officials to file a complaint against the schools after they got a communication from NCMEI in February that stated that the minority certificates produced by the six schools were forged.
The Bengaluru city police have received a complaint against five schools in the city and they
have sought legal opinion, sources said. In Mysuru, an FIR has been filed against the school. Meanwhile, a private complaint has also been lodged with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), New Delhi.
Sources said the CBI has written to the Commissioner for Public Instruction seeking information about the case. The communication from CBI, which is signed by Dr Subramanyeshwara Rao, SP, ACB (Anti- Corruption Bureau), CBI, reached the department on August 15.