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State of government schools not encouraging: Lokayukta

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Lokayukta Y. Bhaskar Rao interacting with petitioners in Dharwad on Wednesday.
Lokayukta Y. Bhaskar Rao interacting with petitioners in Dharwad on Wednesday.

Lokayukata Y. Bhaskar Rao expressed discontent over the functioning of the Department of Public Instructions (DPI) in the district.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, Mr. Rao said due attention was not being provided to imparting quality education in the district. The DPI’s failure to ensure infrastructure and quality education is a grave violation of the Right to Education Act.

Mr. Rao said that during his stay in Dharwad, he had visited some of the government schools.

The state of affairs in these schools is not encouraging, he observed. The Government Urdu Lower Primary School is being run from a single room in Kolikere and has no basic amenities.

Teachers and officials should understand that the Right to Education Act has provisions for making teachers responsible if the children in the fifth standard fail to read and write properly. The Department of Public Instructions also bears the responsibility in this case.

Mr. Rao said the number of complaints was less in Dharwad district compared with Gadag and Gulbarga. He said he had admitted 10 new complaints of which 6 were disposed of.

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