A proposal made to appoint Kannada teachers for all classes
Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat president K.T. Shailaja Bhat on Wednesday asked the Deputy Director of Public Instruction to complete distribution of textbooks in the district by the end of this month.
At the monthly meeting of Karnataka Development Programme review committee here, the Deputy Director of Public Instruction C. Chame Gowda said that of the demand for 10.55 lakh free textbooks the department has so far distributed 8.48 lakh textbooks. It was yet to disburse 2.06 lakh free textbooks. Of the demand for 7.83 lakh textbooks in the market, the department had dispersed 5.14 lakh books, he said.
Mr. Gowda said unlike in the past, the textbooks were now directly sent to the respective taluks. “I have directed the Block Development Officers to expedite the process of distribution of textbooks,” Mr. Gowda said. “We do not want this to be made an issue in newspapers,” said Eshwar Kateel, chairman of the Standing Committee on Health and Education.
Asked about the status of supply of uniforms, Mr. Gowda said they had not received cloth material so far. Ms. Bhat presided over the meeting.
The meeting resolved to write to the State government on the need to have a Kannada teacher for each class to address the sagging interest in Kannada in schools. Dakshina Kannada Sahitya Parishat president Pradeep Kumar Kalkura said lack of sufficient Kannada teachers in schools had been affecting the quality of education. The State government's rule of having one Kannada teacher for every 30 students had been helping in generating interest in Kannada, Mr. Kalkura said.
The issue of decreasing area under paddy in the district had been discussed. Joint Director of Agriculture Padmaiah Naik said paddy had been grown on 54,948 hectares of land in the district in 2010-2011, which was 220 hectares less than the area on which paddy was grown in 2009- 2010. “We have not been able to meet the demand for rice in the district,” Mr. Naik said. Shivaramegowda, acting Chief Executive Officer of the panchayat, cautioned an official from the B.R. Ambedkar Development Corporation for not taking the review meeting seriously.
Mr. Shivaramegowda took objection to the official for not submitting in the meeting the action taken on subjects discussed in the last review meeting and for not attending a meeting to discuss the welfare of minorities. “We cannot accept such a conduct. If this is repeated, we have to report it to the government,” Mr. Shivaramegowda said.