The issue of supplying substandard bicycles to government school students in Mysore district, poor admissions to government schools and non-compliance of the order to implement the Right to Education Act (RTE) in private educational institutions was the focus of discussion at the general body meeting of the Mysore Zilla Panchayat (ZP) held here on Thursday.

Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat M.N. Ajay Nagbhushan said schools not complying with the government order to implement RTE reserving 25 per cent seats for poor students would be derecognised. A report on the extent of admissions made so far and the schools taking steps to do so for the coming academic year would be placed at the next general meeting, after tabling it before the Standing Committee of the ZP on Education and Health, Dr. Nagbhushan said.

Janata Dal (S) member Sunita Veerappa Gowda broached the subject of substandard bicycles supplied to students of several schools in Mysore district. She said admission to government schools had remained low this year compared to last year. Teachers were being paid well in government schools vis-à-vis private schools, but private schools had received more admissions.

Congress member K. Maruti sought details of the inquiry ordered against a former Deputy Director of Public Instruction in Mysore district. The members, mainly from the Congress and JD (S), wanted the meeting to take the issue of supplying poor quality bicycles to students seriously.

Shivaram, former ZP vice-president and Bharatiya Janata Party member, said the issue should be brought to the notice of the State government and the supplier hauled up.

Pushpa Amarnath, Congress member, said the entire stock of bicycles be returned to the supplier. The issue of a proposal to contribute 20 per cent of the funds from the ZP came up for discussion for supplying furniture to schools. The Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Temple Trust had agreed to finance 80 per cent of the total cost, it was revealed at the meeting, if the ZP contributed the rest. Dr. Nagbhushan stated that the issue of poor quality bicycles had come to the notice of the ZP and a report was being prepared to be submitted to the government soon.

If needed, the payment to the supplier could be withheld, he said. The report would be tabled at the next ZP meeting.

The inquiry report involving the former DDPI too would be placed at the next meeting, he said.

  • ‘Schools not complying with government order

    on RTE implementation will be derecognised’

  • ‘Admission to government schools low this year compared to last year’