Karnataka: derecognized schools to sue in High Court

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Fri Jan 19 13:49:57 UTC 2007

Date:17/01/2007 URL:
Karnataka - Bangalore

Derecognition: schools to move High Court

Bangalore: The Unaided Schools Association has decided to file a writ in
the High Court against the State Government's order derecognising schools
violating the State's language policy. Association president P. Prakash
told presspersons that the order violated the fundamental right of parents
to determine the course of their children's education. The parents of the
derecognised schools planned to hold a dharna in front of the Vidhana
Soudha on January 25, when the legislature session begins.

While admitting that the managements had violated the undertaking they had
given to the Education Department saying they would run Kannada-medium
schools, Mr. Prakash demanded to know how the officers who had allowed
this to go on went unpunished. Arguing that the derecognised schools were
"catering to the poor people whose hope of mobility was through English",
he asked if the existing schools would "meet the increasing demand for
English schools." S. Sunita, a member of the association, said the school
managements were in a fix since they could not make admissions for the
coming year. The department derecognised 2,000-odd schools during the
second week of September 2006 for violating the language policy of 1994.



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