The State has no powers to act against CBSE, ICSE schools: Kageri

The State Government can effectively prevent collection of donation and other unfair practices in schools, including those affiliated to the CBSE and ICSE boards, if the Centre comes out with the proposed Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Schools and Intermediate Colleges Bill, 2011, said Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Kageri Vishweshwara Hegde on Saturday.

Talking to presspersons on the sidelines of a training programme for teachers from the district, Mr. Kageri said right now the State Government was inquiring into complaints and taking action against collection of donation with regard to aided-schools. But in case of schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education and the Indian School Certificate Examination boards, the State did not have any power to take action. “We can only put forward complaints to the respective boards,” he said.

Mr. Kageri said the State Government had asked the Centre to give powers to oversee operations of the CBSE and ICSE-affiliated schools in the State. The Minister hoped that the new Bill will give such a power to the State Government. “We are asking the Centre to pass the Bill at the earliest. This will help us tackle the commercialisation of education in the state,” he said.

Centre's version

With regard to the language policy, Mr. Kageri said the State Government was committed towards providing Kannada-medium education from first to fifth standards. The Minister said the State Government was also awaiting the Centre's version in the appeal pending before the apex court against the order of the Karnataka High Court. “We are waiting for the Centre's comments and also for a language policy applicable for the country,” he said.

Music varsity

Mr. Kageri said that steps would be taken soon to assign the music university in Mysore the task of conducting music and dance examinations. The two examinations were being conducted by the Karnataka State Education Examination Board.

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