‘Commercialisation of education is [devaluing] the constitutional rights of children’

Even after the Karnataka Unaided Schools Management Association (KUSMA) called off its strike and its president, G.S. Sharma, resigned from his post, protests against them continued on Thursday.

Praja Vimochana Chaluvali held a demonstration urging for the arrest of Mr. Sharma under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

A case under the Act was registered at the Devanahalli police station on Wednesday against Mr. Sharma for allegedly making derogatory comments about children admitted under the 25 per cent quota of the Right to Education Act.

Chaluvali State president Patapat Nagaraj said, “Commercialisation of education is [devaluing] the constitutional rights of children to have free and compulsory education. KUSMA has no right to stop children from going to good schools.”

Chaluvali Bangalore Urban District president M. Thimmaraju said quality education should reach children of weaker sections of society. “Education is a right and not a profit-oriented business. Not giving homework to the children admitted under the RTE Act and making them sit on the back benches is severe exploitation by private schools,” he said.

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