Staff Correspondent

Bidar: To combat the donation menace, the State Government plans to introduce a centralised admission procedure for admission to private kindergarten and lower primary schools from the next academic year on the lines of the system in Delhi.

"I am of the opinion that there is no other way to deal with the donation menace," Primary and Secondary Education Minister Basavaraj S. Horatti said here on Sunday.

He told presspersons that all other steps such as enforcing the anti-capitation fee law, conducting surprise raids and holding talks with parents had failed. Many school managements were not following the law and parents would not stop giving donation. Regulating admissions to schools was the only way left now. "We will soon finalise the structure of the system by drafting rules and regulations," Mr. Horatti said.

This year, the Government would implement the rule that English-medium schools and linguistic minority schools should teach Kannada as one of the subjects. We will take action against schools that do not follow these rules," he said.

"We are seriously considering introducing English as one of the subjects from the first standard in government Kannada-medium schools," Mr Horatti said. The Government would hold Education Department officials and not teachers responsible for poor results in the recent SSLC examination. The Government would release grants-in-aid to all schools run by Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe managements that were permanently unaided schools, he said.

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