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RTE non-compliance: Two schools to face action

DDPI recommends cancelling of NOC issued to Kautilya Vidyalaya, Dattagalli and Jnanasarovara International Residential School, Bhugathahalli.

Two schools in the city are likely to face action for alleged RTE non-compliance. The Mysuru District Education Department officials have recommended cancelling of the No Objection Certificate (NOC) to Kautilya Vidyalaya, Dattagalli and Jnanasarovara International Residential School, Bhugathahalli, Vajamangala, for alleged violation of RTE norms.

This is the first such move this year after the officials took stock of the admissions under the Right To Education (RTE). Deputy Director of Public Instructions H R Basappa has written to Soujanya, the Commissioner, Department of Public Instructions, Nrupathunga Road, Bengaluru. The letter, A5/104956/RTE/Admission-83/2016-17, has been written on 29-06-2016.

The letter’s copy is with City Today and officials have confirmed that such an action has been recommended and the main grounds for the recommendation is the refusal of the schools to grant admissions under the 25 percent seats reserved for economically weaker sections.

According to the letter, both Kautilya Vidyalaya and Jnanasarovara International Residential School have denied admissions under RTE for the academic year 2016-17. At the Block Education Office (BEO) level, show-cause notices had been issued to the schools on 23-05-2016, 19-05-2016 and 20-05-2016 directing them to admit students under RTE.

Though the authorities of Jnanasarovara International Residential School had told the department officials that admissions under RTE was not possible since it was a residential school, the school had failed to provide any substantial document to support their claim, the letter stated. Despite a notice sent to Kautilya Vidyalaya on 23-05-2016 asking them to admit students, the school denied admissions and also did not respond to the notices, the letter stated.

In a report submitted by the BEO, the officer has stated that Kautilya Vidyalaya has admitted one child under RTE and has denied admission to another child.

The letter mentioned that on 7-06-2016, a meeting of District Education Control Authority had taken note of the violations by the schools and department officials had sought its permission to lodge and FIR against the schools.

The District Education Control Authority meeting was chaired by Deputy Commissioner C Shikha, with ZP CEO P A Gopal, DDPI H R Basappa, RTE Nodal Officer Shivaramu and all the BEOs of Mysuru district.

The meeting was informed that for 2016-17, under RTE Section 12 (C) lottery process, six children were selected for Kautilya Vidyalaya and two children were selected for Jnanasarovara International Residential School. Both the schools have not admitted children, the meeting was told.

Authorities at the meeting decided that the DDPI would write to the Commissioner, Department of Public Instructions recommending the withdrawal of NOC and for further action.

 SCHOOL REACTS

Reacting to the letter sent by the DDPI, Jnanasarovara International Residential School’s Administrator Mukund told City Today that the school was a residential set up that had separate norms and they could not admit students under RTE.

“We had informed the BEO, DDPI and Joint Director of Public Instruction that the parents of the two children who were selected under RTI to join our institution had given a written undertaking that their children would not join our school. Moreover we follow ICSE syllabus,” he said.

“The Chairman of Jnanasarovara Sudhakar Shetty is known for his social and philanthropy activities and we would definitely not step back in helping the needy if it is possible,” he added.

Principal of Kautilya Vidyalaya Dr L Savitha was not available for comments.

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