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By JAVED SAIFI
In a bid to improve the quality of education, the Karnataka government is considering a proposal to make compulsory for state government employees to send their children to government schools rather than private schools.
Primary and Secondary Education minister N Mahesh was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying, “We are considering bringing in a policy on the basis of a report to encourage enrolment in government schools.”
“By making government employees enroll their wards in government schools, we hope to make them stakeholders in the betterment of these schools,” Mahesh added.
In order to implement the proposal the Karnataka government is seeking a legal opinion.
“We have asked for legal opinion to ensure that we do not go against some judgments of the Supreme Court, where it held that state governments cannot dictate the choice of the school of the children. We are looking at ways to overcome this,” Mahesh said.
The move is based on the Kannada Development Authority (KDA) report published in September 2017 that suggested “those who draw a salary from the government have to mandatorily send their children to government schools and not private ones. And there should be a provision to punish those who flout this rule.”
In the month of June, it was proposed in Karnataka to pilot English-medium classes in 1,000 government schools.
According to a survey during 2011-15, the total enrolment in government schools fell by 11.2 million, whereas in private, it rose by 16 million.