The Karnataka Unaided School Managements' Association (KUSMA) will file a review petition on the recent Supreme Court verdict on the Right to Education Act on the ground that it has “adversely affected the very existence of non-minority unaided institutions” as there is no clarity on the definition of “minority” and “non-minority”.
KUSMA president G.S. Sharma said in a press release here on Monday that they had also appealed to the Chief Secretary to postpone the implementation of RTE till the next academic year to “allow unaided schools to get clarification on several issues.”
In the letter to the Chief Secretary, KUSMA said the State government cannot “meaningfully administer or implement” RTE unless it conclusively mapped unaided minority and non-minority schools.
“Several States in India, including Karnataka, do not have legislative statues to define and determine minority.”
Mr. Sharma said language minority institutions, for example, would present a tricky situation in border areas, where language identities were blurred.
“The Supreme Court might not have intended that a State government should begin to implement and administer the RTE Act without a certainty on which schools are of a minority character and which are not,” the letter said.