Karnataka: School admission rigmarole begins again for parents

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Fri Jan 26 14:56:21 UTC 2007

BELGAUM: With the new academic year fast approaching, it's rigmarole time
again for parents looking for admissions in schools for their wards. And,
uppermost on their minds is the status of the school, with the state
government planning to derecongise schools flouting the language norm.
Foremost on Sanjeev's mind when he met the principal of an English medium
school to seek admission for his child, was whether the school is
recognised by the government and have a valid permission for the medium of
instruction in which it's imparting education.

Similar is the predicament of scores of other parents with the admission
process for the coming year having already begun. Parents of scores of
children who have already been admitted to schools earlier, have also
joined the race as they too want admissions for their children in
different schools as many of them may face closure or derecognition by the
government for violating the language policy. Schools have begun to issue
admission forms for the next academic year, but those to be derecognised
are yet to announce rehabilitation measures for the students already
admitted with them. Most of them are even asking parents to take transfer
certificates which claim that the medium of instruction is Kannada. With
no alternatives, parents are now preparing to take risks with the
certificates as they do not want to keep their ward in the schools which
may face closure.

The principal of one of the schools facing derecognition, who did not want
to be named, said the school management has directed the staff to inform
parents that the state government cannot close the school as CBSE syllabus
is taught there and that the management would get the necessary permission
by end of May. A representative of another school said they have formed an
association which is communicating with the education department. Sources
stated that among the 32 schools facing derecognition, some are totally


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