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By Kumaran P 

There are complaints against Block Education Officers exploiting private schools, claims general secretary of an association of schools

Complaints of corruption are pouring in against the Block Education Officers (BEOs) from private school managements, according an industry insider.

BEOs function as a link between the executive officer, panchayats and school authorities to play administrative roles and ease communication. However, according to school managements, they are doing quite the opposite.

Shashi Kumar D, general secretary, the Associated Managements of Private Unaided English-Medium School in Karnataka, said: “We have been hearing a number of complaints against BEOs. Commercials are discussed and negotiated to get permission for schools to run. It’s the same case with the Right to Education (RTE) reimbursements and school audits.” According to Shashi, schools are running even at places where they haven’t done any registrations.

While BEOs are allegedly demanding money, they are also giving permissions to schools that don’t meet the requirements with regards to land. A private school principal, who didn’t want to be named, said, “There is another school which is coming up nearby and they have a building of 30x40 sq ft site. They have got permission to run the school despite the law stating that schools should have at least have half an acre of land.”

The BEOs have gone to the extent of fixing rates for different works to be done. The registration slab for nursery classes is between Rs 30,000 and Rs 1 lakh, said the principal.

About renewal of registration, Shashi said: “The renewal of the registration is done once in three years. But, certain BEOs are charging schools every year between Rs 40,000 and Rs 1 lakh. According to sources, RTE reimbursements were another major issue. A principal from a city-based school, on the condition of anonymity, said, “BEOs even check bills and vouchers of our day-to-day activities. As far as I know, this is the work of a chartered account, not a BEO. They find a mistake deliberately and we end up negotiating with them.” “This year, I have done an RTGS to schools with my own seal and signature for the RTE admissions. I have 1,547 schools which come under me and I have transferred Rs 37 crore. Still Rs 6 crore is remaining and I am waiting for the allotment to send the rest of the money.”However, Ashwatha Narayana Gowda, Deputy Director of Public Instructions (DDPI), Bengaluru South countered this claim. He said: “The government has authority to check the audits. We have close to 5,000 schools under our jurisdiction and we are supposed to carry out this kind of activity in each and every school. There might be five schools that had to present their records but the managements are magnifying it in a bigger way.” Another issue that propelled is on why BEOs are forcing the schools to give free books and forcing schools to take students under RTE?

To which, Nagaratna D, Block Education Officer, Bengaluru South 2 said: “Books are given from the government. Schools should not be selling books or uniforms.”

However, BEOs refute the claim

While officials did not accept that there are corrupt practices going on in the BEO office, BM asked the DDPI for its take. “May be one or two incidents might have happened in the BEO office, or his/her attendants might have sought these commercials, but I have not received a single complaint till date. If the schools and their managements are alleging that there is a corrupt practice, I would request them to come submit a letter or at least give an oral communication to me that this is happening. I will not deny the allegation and such corrupt practices might be there but I am asking the school managements to write an anonymous letter to me. I will take some action,” Ashwatha Narayana Gowda, Deputy Director of Public Instructions (DDPI), Bengaluru South said.
However, Sowjanya, Commissioner for Public Instruction, clarified: “I do not see why schools have to give money to the BEOs. If anyone seeking it, they can refuse the demand. From next year, we are going online for even getting school permissions. We want to reduce human interference in our system. Let one complaint with evidence come to us and we will take it up. Also, if the schools are right, why are they giving money.


Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Jun 27, 2017, 04.00 AM IST
posted Jun 29, 2017 by Sidharth Appu

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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s home district Mysuru has the stiff target of enrolling 25,000 candidates under the Kaushalya Karnataka Mission – the State government’s ambitious employability programme

Laiqh A. Khan ​                 On June 24, Mysuru had registered 24,094 candidates

Though Mysuru got off to a slow start and had enrolled no more than 8,500 candidates or 34% of the target by June 9 after the programme was kickstarted on May 15, the district had made enough progress subsequently with officials fanning out in different places including educational institutions to enrol people.

The Kaushalya Karnataka Mission seeks to enrol people in the age group of 18 to 35 to enhance their employability through skill development.

By Saturday, the pace of registrations in Mysuru district had picked up and reached 24,094. D. Randeep, Deputy Commissioner, was confident of Mysuru not only crossing the target but also reaching 30,000 by the end of June. By the time the training programmes for the enrolled candidates begin in mid-July, the district administration was hopeful of crossing 35,000.

While Mysuru was yet to reach 25,000 registrations, as many as 20 other districts in the State had crossed their target. A few districts in North Karnataka such as Raichur, Gadag, Kalaburagi, Ballari and Bagalkot had achieved more than double their targets with Raichur leading the pack with more than 400% registrations against its target of 15,500.

Officials said the registration target in the Chief Minister’s home district is the third highest in the State after Bengaluru and Belagavi. While Bengaluru has to register 93,400 candidates, Belagavi had long crossed its target of 36,400.

The targets for each district had been fixed by the newly created Department of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood taking into consideration a range of aspects such as population and backwardness.

Interested youngsters can still enrol for the programme by accessing the Karnataka Kaushalya Mission website

Though most of the candidates registered under the programme so far either had passed either SSLC, PUC or Bachelors, officials said even school and college dropouts could register for the scheme.

“Our officials visit various places including railway stations and bus stands to identify dropouts and register them. Invariably, such people do not have email accounts and are not carrying their Aadhaar card. We create email accounts for them, ask them to get their Aadhaar details and register them,” an official



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To develop government schools, the state is now planning to rope in old students. To start with, it has asked all government schools to form old students association from the current academic year

Today, many people who have studied in government schools are in good positions within and outside the country. The Department of Public Instructions has decided to bring them under a single umbrella of ‘alumni association’ to improve the conditions at government schools.

It is an initiative taken by the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, which is being implemented through the district administrations. According to the information available from the commission, all government schools in the state should have ‘alumni associations’ by July 16. 

Kripa Alva, chairperson of the commission said, “I have been personally visiting schools and also meeting officials concerned at district and taluk levels to implement it. We are aiming to complete the formation of associations within a month.”

During my visit to government schools, I got to know that some of them have been developed by their old students. Hence the idea of old students association at government schools struck my mind,” she added.Private schools in the state are already having alumni associations, which help in their development in every possible way.

“These associations hold annual events and support schools financially and morally. We are sure that alumni of respective government schools will also come forward to develop the schools in which they studied,” Alva said. 

How it will be conceptualised
The authorities of all 54,000 government schools will verify the admission registers of last 10 to 25 years. They will  identify the residential address of the students and will send them invitations regarding setting up of old students association. In each letter, the contact number of the head master or the teacher in-charge of the school will be mentioned. Later, an official inauguration of the association will be done, where all students will be invited.



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Schools merely focus on the academic aspect of a child’s life. Though a student spends the larger share of his/her day in schools, social and emotional development of the child receives little attention. 

This is the premise of the three-day ‘Schools that Care 2017’ conference being organised by The Teacher Foundation (TTF) from July 13 to 15. 

“When children come out of school and move into college or a workplace, they should be capable of handling internal and external stress. Adults influence the development of social and emotional competencies in children and since they spend so much time in school, the environment there should be gentle and caring,” said Maya Menon, the director of the foundation. The conference will also mark 15 years of the existence of the foundation, which trains and supports teachers to impart education effectively. 

The first day of the conference will be on the theme ‘Caring to Learn, Learning to Care’ and will explore why ideas like empathy and tolerance are important in schools. The keynote address will be delivered by Roger Weissberg, professor of psychology at the University of Illinois. There will be a panel discussion on the day’s theme with the participation of Dr Shekhar P Seshadri, child psychiatrist and professor at Nimhans, writer Aakar Patel and film maker Shabnam Virmani, among others. TTF will release key findings from its study on ‘Standards for Social and Emotional Learning for Indian Schools’. 

Talks and discussions on the second day will deal with how schools can shift focus to emotional development. The keynote address will be delivered by educationist Jenny Mosley who created a ‘Circle Time’ model for educational training. 

The third day will have a discussion with a panel of students who will talk about their perspectives on school. 
Principals, teachers and educationists from across the country will be taking part in the conference. 

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Timings imposed for visits; move aimed at ensuring minimal disruptions

Going forward, parents may have to seek permission before entering school premises. The education department may soon issue an order to regulate the entry of parents in the light of recent disruptions and protests.

Confirming the development, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Tanveer Sait said: “There are people who enter the campus and interrupt activities. We are working on this issue to ensure such things don’t happen. We will need to fix timings for parents’ visits. They’ll need to take permission before entering the school campus to meet someone.”

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A senior official from the department said the issue of free entry had become a constant worry for schools off late. “Sometimes, block education officers have to intervene to settle sudden disputes,” said the source.

Recently, the Education department had announced that school and college premises will be declared ‘sensitive zones’ after a series of complaints emerged on political activities being held inside the complexes.

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