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Nearly 15 primary and secondary schools have been given closure notices for operating without permission in parts of Bengaluru.

According to officials, the schools had been set up on an ad hoc basis without getting approvals from the department. “Each section has a maximum of seven children already admitted, and some barely have two. It will not be a problem re-admitting these children to other schools,” said an Education Department official.

The schools are located in Austin Town, Jayanagar, Mangammapalya, HSR Layout, Bandepalya, and Hulimavu, among others.


The Hindu BENGALURU, JUNE 14, 2017
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Bengaluru: As the new academic year enters its second week, state syllabus schools have still not received all the revised textbooks.

The textbooks for Classes I to VIII had been revised by a committee headed by Bargur Ramachandrappa. There were 511 titles to be printed but a delay in issuing work orders and shortage of paper to print the six crore books had resulted in several delays.

M A Khan, secretary of the Bangalore South District High School Headmasters' Association, said that only about 25% of all books from Class I to X had reached his school.

"Most of the textbooks for the core subjects such as science, mathematics and social science have arrived. But we haven't received a majority of the language textbooks yet. For now, we are engaging the students by teaching them general concepts such as letter-writing based on the old textbook," he said. Khan added that since teachers did not get the books before the academic year, they are taking time to familiarise themselves with the content and plan for lessons.

The principal of a government school in South Bengaluru said that they had received about 70% of the books.

In Bengaluru, according to information from block-level officers, between 50% and 60% of distribution is completed. "In my taluk, we require 218 titles. So far, 64% of the books have already been supplied and new loads are getting delivered everyday. We will complete the distribution of books by June 10," one official in the city said.

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There is just one child available for every nine adoptive parents in India waiting to take a child home

As of May 2017, there were 15,200 prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) while child care institutions (CCIs) have only 1,766 children in their care across the country. Of these, 1,279 are children with special needs, according to CARINGS, the Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System.

"About 70-80 percent of PAPs want healthy normal children below the age of two years. That means around 10,000 parents want to adopt the 59 children in the age group available with child care institutions across the country. The discourse around adoptions in this country needs to change," said Avinash Kumar of Families of Joy, a non-profit consisting of a group of adoptive families.

Kumar is also a member of Child Adoption Resource Authority's (CARA) steering committee.

Of the 1,766 children currently available for adoption, only 59 are below two years of age, the most preferred age group for Indian PAPs; 339 are normal children above the age of two years, 89 are siblings and 1,279 are children with special needs.

The CARINGS data, collated by Families of Joy, says state wise figures also reflect the national trend.

With around 155 children over the age of two and around 10 below two, Orissa tops the list of states with maximum adoptable children. Maharashtra has 20 children below two and 298 above two years, while Andhra Pradesh has around two children below two years and 148 above the age of two.

"We did a process of immediate placements for hard to place children -- older children and children having minor ailments or corrective diseases. We managed to place 300 of them. Every year, only 30-35 special needs children are placed with Indian PAPs, but most such adoptions take place inter- country," CARA chairperson Deepak Kumar told PTI.
Official CARA adoption statistics show that while the number of Indian adults registered with the agency has more than doubled in under a year -- from 7,000 last July to 15,200 this May -- the number of adoptions has steadily dipped.

According to figures available on the CARA website, there were 5,964 in-country adoptions between January 2011 to March 2012 and only 3,210 from April 2016 to March 2017.

Officials explain this dip saying that adoption figures are dwindling globally because of a variety of reasons such as birth control being more widely used and there being less of a taboo against unwed mothers. Both these trends result in fewer babies being abandoned or surrendered for adoption, which in turn leads to fewer adoptions.

Explaining the fewer number of children available for adoption, Ian Anand Forber Pratt, director, Children's Emergency Relief International, says most "orphans" living in CCIs are not "orphans".

"These children have families and they continue to stay in orphanages because there is no effort to strengthen the family structure or reintegrate them with their families. If the CCI cannot send them back to their families then they should consider family based child care options, including adoption," he said


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Nayana O from Vidya Vikasa School, Chitradurga interacts with CM Siddaramaiah during the Makkala Samvada in Bengaluru on Thursday. DH photo

From the drought situation in the state to the sale of drugs, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had to face tough questions from the young citizens of the state, on Thursday.

Over 200 children from across the state interacted with the chief minister at an event organized by the Karnataka State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) and Unicef at Vikasa Soudha. At the three-hour interaction, Siddaramaiah answered a volley of questions, some with humor and some with serious consideration.

One student, from a government hostel near Nimhans in Bengaluru, said, “The hostel staff harass us and don’t serve food on time. During menstruation, it is difficult to get even essential supplies.” The chief minister immediately instructed an official to inspect the hostel. He assured the tearful student that action will be taken against the staff if they are guilty.

Another student, Devika from K R Puram, told the chief minister that sale of tobacco and drugs had increased in her neighbourhood in A Narayanapura ward. “Children are also involved in the sale of cigarettes. What measures will you take to stop the sale of cigarettes and drugs?” she asked.

Siddaramaiah said that though cigarette packets carry a warning about the dangers of smoking, people still smoke. “I used to smoke too, but I stopped when I had health issues,” Siddaramaiah said. He also called up the jurisdictional DCP and spoke to him. “A child here is telling me that drugs are being sold in K R Puram. Look into this matter immediately and submit a report. If you find anyone selling drugs, file a criminal case against them,” he instructed the DCP.

A child from Indi taluk asked, “CM sir, for the past two years, we have not been getting milk at our school. Why is that so?”
The surprised CM asked the commissioner for public instruction for an explanation. Sowjanya, the commissioner, answered that milk was being supplied to all schools and told the CM that she would enquire about the child’s school.

When the CM advised children to join government schools instead of private ones, one student replied that government schools don’t have basic facilities.

“Why is the literacy rate in the state dropping?”one student asked. He interrupted the child to say that the literacy rate has increased. He then turned to the commissioner and asked her what the exact figure was. When she was unable to answer, Siddaramaiah questioned her, “Aren’t you the commissioner? Don’t you know the literacy rate?”

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While the academic year for schools in the city has begun, three schools have come under the radar of the education department for various issues and have been slapped with criminal cases in the Kumaraswamy Police Station limits.

Firdose International School in Sarakki, IQRA Public School and Rani Mother Mary School in Illyas Nagar have slapped with an FIR by the Block Education Officer who made surprise visits to these schools recently. A senior official who is handling this case in the station said, "These schools violated many rules and regulations. All three were running without licences."

The police officer added, "The schools had permission to run batches from nursery to Standard 2, but they took in students till 4th standard without the education department's permission. These schools claim they had applied for permission and it was rejected by the department as they did not meet certain criteria required for admission."

Surprisingly, the education department which is busy hunting down schools that are violating its diktats is making sure the schools follow every single rule in their rule book.

"These schools have been booked under the Karnataka Education Act, 1983, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act of 2009 and IPC 418 and IPC 420. We have got this complaint from the BEO and we have issued a notice to the schools to come back with whatever documents they have, so we can compile a report and submit it to the education department," said the official. Since the schools have begun their classes across the city, a few are still rushing up with their admissions. The police officer said, "We have stopped all admissions for these schools this year and we are taking necessary steps to shift these students to other schools immediately."

Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, N Venkatesh, Block Education Officer, South division 1, said, "These schools did not have permission to run any kind of educational activity. They were cheating parents with their own pricing. They had sent a request earlier for legitimacy, and we had rejected it on grounds of our policies and rules. Still they continue to function. That is the reason we gave a complaint in the police station and asked the school to immediately shut down."

"In all this, students should not become victims. Hence, we have formed a committee to look into alternative measures. We are admitting these students to nearby schools and we have also informed the parents about this," he added.

These surprise visits in the city will continue for a few more days, he said.

List of violators

Meanwhile, the Director of Public Instruction released a list of 15 unauthorized schools in Bengaluru south zone-3. The list comprises Reliance Public School, Crystal School, Austin Town; MES English School, Jayanagar; St. John Art Foundation, HSR layout; All New Public School, Mangammana Palya; RZ School, Bande Palya; Green Tree School, Bande Palya; Blue Bell School, Roopena Argrahara; Master Kits School, Mangammana Palya and St. Saras School

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Principals want time limit for fee payment as some parents tell schools they will pay later, but shift their wards to a new school after exams

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Schools in the city are feeling the pinch of giving leeway to parents in the matter of fee payment. They say parents take advantage of the fact that transfer certificates can be downloaded through the student tracking system and keep changing their wards' schools without paying fees to any.

Natesh Kumar, principal of a school, told Bangalore Mirror how they avoid paying the fees. “Parents come to the school during the admissions and say somebody in their family is ill so they will pay the fee in parts, or that they will pay it at the end of the year or before the final examination. We make allowances based on humanitarian grounds,” he said.

After the exam and the results, the fee doesn’t reach the schools. The parents just make the children join other schools nearby. “It is up to the parent if they want to change the school, but they must inform the schools before removing their wards from it. And sometimes they go to the next school and cite a similar reason for the inability to pay fees,” said Shashi Kumar, General Secretary, Karnataka Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary schools.

A year back, the education department had proposed that the schools download the child’s details, including a transfer certificate through the Student Tracking System. “We have written to the department and asked them to stop this process. Because with this, other schools can download the TC and admit the children. The department is yet to get back to us on this,” Shashi said.

Another principal Shrikantappa said, “The financial burden is not just on the schools. The parents whose wards are currently studying in the school too have to bear the brunt. Due to this, we have to raise the existing fees too.”

Shashi said because of this they are urging the department to frame rules so that parents are given a time limit to pay the fee. “Else the parents just keep changing the schools and sometimes stage protests against us not giving transfer certificates,” he said.

A few principals said parents do not come and collect their ward/s results as well. “Parents demand a concessional price from the other schools. Some schools give a concession and admit the child to get their admission numbers high,” Shashi said.

According to Natesh, about 10 per cent of the schools on the outskirts of Bengaluru get hit by this in their admissions and close to 5 per cent schools in Urban Bengaluru are affected. Recently, the management of schools have started demanding that a parent get a NOC before they take transfer certificates.

Tracking students

The Student Tracking System is a platform developed to meet the needs of transient and mobile students reported as missing from education programmes, including home education and Notices of Arrangements (for 16 and 17 year olds). This portal contains information relevant to public and private schools and Department of Education and Training (DET) district education offices.