KAMS raises concern over students migrating from state board to others

The letter also reads that KSCPCR should conduct an investigation into the matter and step in to protect the rights of children.
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BENGALURU: The Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka (KAMS) have written to the Karnataka State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) and sought the committee’s intervention in protecting the rights of students of the state board. The association has alleged that due to the education department’s lackadaisical approach, students are unable to perform on par with other boards, affecting their future. 

The various changes in curriculum, textbooks and exams have led to confusion for the past year for lower classes that are “discriminatory” and not at par with the NCERT syllabus. The letter also reads that KSCPCR should conduct an investigation into the matter and step in to protect the rights of children.

Shashi Kumar D, general secretary, KAMS, alleged that in the past four years, there has been a large migration of students from state board to CBSE and ICSE. If this persists, private state boards will cease to exist.

“This year itself, private schools have lost at least 10-15% admissions due to the way the state board is functioning. Parents feel that other boards are providing better quality education and have less interference.” He added that given that many top performing students in several entrance exams for different fields are from either CBSE or ICSE. 

“Parents have the notion that their child is missing out on an opportunity. The state board does not follow spiral or integrated curriculum, depriving many of the competitiveness needed in education,” Kumar explained. The letter states that pre-primary and primary classes are the ones missing out on a good foundation that needs to be addressed, and called it a “system failure”.

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