Staff Reporter

Parents had questioned bar on participation in selection trials

State's contention

  • Those following ICSE and CBSE (Central syllabus) do not come under the State Act
  • Students of Central schools can participate in their own sports meets

    BANGALORE: The Government has informed the Karnataka High Court that only students coming under its Education Act are eligible to participate in the sports meet conducted by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

    In its statement of objections, the State contended that those following the ICSE and CBSE (Central syllabus) could not participate in the meet as they did not come under the State Act. Students of Central schools could participate in their own sports meets, it said.

    The State filed the objections on petitions by parents questioning the DPI decision to bar their children from participating in swimming and table tennis selection trials.

    In the first petition, 19 parents and guardians of those studying in schools with Central syllabus, challenged a July 10, 2006 notification restricting the swimming contest to students following the State syllabus. They said their children had excelled in swimming and it was unfortunate that they had been kept out of the sports meet.

    In another petition, Nagesh Raju and five others said their children, who were studying in ICSE and CBSE schools, had fared well in table tennis tournaments.

    Mr. Raju said the Department of Public Instruction had issued a notification on July 10 stating that those studying Central syllabus would not be allowed to participate in the district and State-level table tennis selection to represent the State in the SGFI contest.

    The selection trials were to be conducted by the Education department.

    The petitioners in both the cases said all these years. those studying the Central syllabus were allowed to participate in the selection trials. They urged the court to issue directives to permit their wards to participate in the selection trials.

    Opposing the petition, the Government submitted that the notification had called for State students to participate and it was issued under the Karnataka Education Act. It urged the court to dismiss the petitions.

    Justice B.S. Patil adjourned further hearing on the case to Friday.