The apathy and negligence of officials of the Department of Education prevented eight students belonging to Siddi community from participating in the State-level wrestling competition in Doddaballapur, near Bangalore, on Friday.

Amidst criticism from all quarters over the incident, the Department of Education has issued a show-cause notice to two officials.

According to Revanasiddappa, Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI), Karwar, all the eight students had qualified in the district-level wrestling competition that was held in Karwar last month. Seven of them belonged to Saraswati Vidyalaya, Karwar, and one belonged to New High School, Karwar. The department had delegated the responsibility of coordinating with teachers of the respective schools to Nagesh Naik, district physical instructor in the office of the DDPI. A.A. Sheikh, a clerk in the DDPI office, had been entrusted with the job of coordination.

Mr. Revanasiddappa said the students were supposed to leave Karwar on the evening of November 15. The department had made all arrangements such as travel and food for the sportspersons. But Mr. Naik and Mr. Sheikh failed to contact the teachers of the respective schools and that had led to the blunder, the DDPI said.

Girish Rao, president of the SDMC of Saraswati Vidyalaya, said the match had been scheduled to be held on Friday, but schoolteachers had only received the directive to send the students to Doddaballapur on Thursday night. Doddaballapur is 650 km from Karwar. It was impossible to reach there within 10 hours, as it was mandatory for the students to appear for weight testing before the championship. “It would have been risky to drive the students to Doddaballapur at the last moment so we decided not to send the students,” he said.

  • Officials fail to inform teachers in Karwar to send students to Doddaballapur

  • The competition was on Friday and they got to know about it only on Thursday