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Updated: September 18, 2013 04:06 IST

Lokayukta visits school after The Hindu report

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Children in classes 1 to 4 are accommodated in the same room at the Government Urdu Lower Primary School at Kolikeri in Dharwad.
Children in classes 1 to 4 are accommodated in the same room at the Government Urdu Lower Primary School at Kolikeri in Dharwad.

Lokayukta Y. Bhaskar Rao visited the Government Urdu Lower Primary School functioning from a single room at Kolikere here on Tuesday, following a report in The Hindu.

Mr. Rao interacted with teachers and children.

The teachers told him that children in classes one to four are accommodated in one room measuring about 10 x 10.

Mr. Rao took the officials of the Department of Public Instructions to task for prolonged delay in shifting the school to a bigger premises.

The department’s failure to provide infrastructure was gross violation of the Right to Education Act. The Act envisages a right to every child to receive education in schools with conducive atmosphere and infrastructure.

The children have to be provided vehicles if the school is located 3 km away from their houses, he said.

When Mr. Rao asked Block Education Officer Girish Padaki how long it would take to shift the school to a building with infrastructure, Mr. Padaki said that he would shift the school in a month.

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It is an example of owning responsibility by media and lokayukta .A welcome step to be follwed by other government agencies and sensitive and responsible media.

from:  H S Yadav
Posted on: Sep 18, 2013 at 09:10 IST
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