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Karnataka CM HD kumaraswamy calls RTE a Bogus scheme

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HDK calls RTE a bogus scheme

The Right to Education (RTE) was launched to provide an opportunity to underprivileged children to study in government-aided English Medium schools along with children from financially well-off families.

However, the Supreme Court verdict granting exemption to minority run institutions from RTE has created new problems. Many institutions felt that RTE was impacting their business, so tried to manipulate things to list themselves as minority-run educational institutions. Recently the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) cancelled the affiliations of some reputed schools in Bengaluru in a similar manipulation case.

During the Kannada Sahitya Sammelana in Dharwad recently, Kumaraswamy dubbed RTE as a bogus scheme. He blamed it for the trend of Kannada Medium schools changing over to English Medium schools, thus causing the “vanishing of Kannada”. He said that the government had paid the fees of over 1.5 lakh students under RTE, and these students are studying in private English Medium schools under RTE.

Kumaraswamy hinted that his government should put forth a resolution that English Medium schools in Karnataka should be privatised.

If the government indeed passes the resolution, it may surely lead to a big setback to the government coffers and the whole purpose of RTE would be nullified. Minority-run educational institutions, where Kannada is not given priority, will charge hefty fees for education.

The RTE needs to be amended such that the minority institutions are brought under its purview so that the poor and the needy students can be assured of quality education.

Why CM wants the more schools to be privatised is baffling everyone

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