Karnataka has been opposing admissions by school cut off for four students who belong to poor families. Despite the school head compared admission under the RTE to sewage flow. Four students include two boys and two girls, who joined a private school in Bangalore under the RTE, who were professed and reduced to differentiate them from other students.
Acting on the plea by parents of the children and several dalit organizations, the State Government on Wednesday bashed a notice on Oxford School, asking it to respond within a week on the respective incident. The officials of State Education Department were unable to contact the school staff management as it is closed since Monday as part of a week-long closure of nearly 1,800 private schools in Karnataka to protest the implementation of the RTE Act.
The closure, called by the Karnataka Unaided Management Association (KUSMA) was however, called off late Wednesday following a split in the association and growing opposition to its move to close the institutions. The president of KUSMA GS Sharma late Wednesday quit following a row after he had stated that students getting into private schools under RTE was like sewage flowing to clean water body and polluting it.
Sharma's comments were also reported in a news- Kannada Daily on Tuesday. He, however denied making any such comment and said he was quitting as the head of KUSMA because many of its members were not in favour of closing the schools but fighting their case in the court.
The secretary of Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education G.Kumar told reporters that the declared issue of not admitting the students in Oxford School had come to the Government's notice on Wednesday and "We have sought a report from our Zonal officers". Various students organizations, political parties and civic groups on Wednesday held a demonstrations across Bangalore and other parts of the state, condemning KUSMA's opposition to RTE and ask its members to close for a week.
However, the call functioned as response from most of the 1,800 member schools had responded. But, only 10% of the 1800 schools had responded to the shut down call, said the Education department officials. Being unhappy with the course of the agitation over confusion in RTE Implementation, Sharma is said to have quit as KUSMA president on Tuesday itself without any resignation letter provided to the head office.
The deputy director of public instruction (North division) N Jayasimha confirmed that a complaint has been filed against one school citing ill-treatment to RTE quota students. The Block Education officer M.Gopalakrishna said reporters that "We have received complaints of harassment of RTE quota children. The school filed a complaint against the organization saying that members of the organization are shouting at the teachers and throwing stones at window-panes of the school. The school, which is a part of KUSMA, has been closed for the past two days. I'll investigate the matter as soon as the school reopens and submit the report".
Well, when RTE (Right To Education) is equal to children of all category then this was not an right act carried out by the school official. Not just a 'Right' but the official has also gone against the 'Equality' of Children.
What do you think about this issue. Please do post your comment now. Lets join hands in knowing the importance of RTE, after-all it a 'RIGHT' to every child.