HC okays merger of 5-student schools

Published: 21st June 2012 12:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st June 2012 12:20 PM   |  A+A-

The High Court on Wednesday gave a go-ahead to the state government’s decision to merge Kannada schools with those having less than five and 10 students, saying this would encourage competitiveness.

Hearing the public interest litigation petition filed by litterateurs and Jnanpith award winners G S Shivarudrappa, Girish Karnad, Chandrashekar Kambar and U R Ananthamurthy, seeking to quash the gazette notification to close Kannada schools across the state, a division bench comprising Chief Justice Vikramjit Sen and Justice B V Nagarathna upheld the state government decision on merging schools with less than five and 10 students with nearby schools and disposed of the PIL.

During the hearing, the government had defended its decision stating that 131 primary schools had zero strength, 551 had less than five students and 2,483 schools enrolled less than 10 students. Among higher primary schools, there were no students in 74 schools and there are less than 10 students in 380 schools. It said it will merge these schools with those three km away and provide Rs 300 a month to each student for transportation. It has already merged 370 Kannada schools having less than five children.

The bench observed that quality education cannot be ensured in schools with less than five students. Merging schools will help students build competitiveness as there will be more students. The court said closure of schools does not amount to violation of fundamental rights since students are assured admission in neighbouring schools.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp