False claims over affiliation: Around 700 schools in Karnataka served notice

The Department of School Education and Literacy has formed a three-member committee headed by BEOs in every taluk to check affiliation of schools

February 04, 2023 08:48 pm | Updated 09:36 pm IST - Bengaluru

There have been protests by parents over schools claiming to be affiliated under the Central boards, but in reality there were under the State board. 

There have been protests by parents over schools claiming to be affiliated under the Central boards, but in reality there were under the State board.  | Photo Credit: K. Murali Kumar

The Department of School Education and Literacy (DSEL) has issued notices to around 700 managements, which were affiliated to the State board, but had allegedly made claims to be running “Central Board schools” illegally. Over 600 of them are in Bengaluru.

This follows protests by parents of children studying in some branches of Orchids The International Schools, over the alleged misleading claim that they were running a Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)-affiliated school, while they were affiliated to the State Board. 

The department has formed a three-member committee, headed by Block Education Officers (BEOs) in every taluk, to check the schools’ affiliation and other issues in their jurisdiction. There are also several cases where schools are being run illegally without affiliation to any of the boards, sources said. 

“If there are any unregistered private schools running, we need to close them. But if the schools have been registered, but are affiliated to one board and are claiming that they are affiliated to another, and are teaching that syllabus, we will have to take action according to the Karnataka Education Act,” said Vishal R., Commissioner for the Department of Public Instruction. 

Many private schools in Karnataka, those affiliated with the State board, are illegally running schools claiming to be affiliated with either the CBSE or the Indian Certificate Secondary Education (ICSE), cheating the department and parents.

Schools mostly resort to these measures as they collect a fat fee, claiming to be running a ‘Central board’ school, sometimes several times more than the State board schools, sources said. 

Most of these schools have purchased State board textbooks from the Karnataka Textbooks Society, to only dump them for recycling. 

Public exam for Class V and VIII

The schools’ claims were exposed after the State government decided to hold public exams for Classes V and VIII, forcing these schools teaching the Central syllabus to distribute State board textbooks and start teaching students to prepare them for the exams.

While this triggered protests by parents of Orchids The International School, there are several hundred schools indulging in the same, it now turns out.

P. Bylanjanappa, DDPI, Bengaluru South, said the three-member committee has issued schools a questionnaire with 50 questions that ask them of details about their affiliation, children safety measures, among other issues in the notice. Based on their reply, further action will be taken, he added.

Notice to M.S. Dhoni Global School

The Department of School Education and Literacy has issued a notice to the M.S. Dhoni Global School, at Kudlu Gate, Bengaluru, for for operating without any affiliation to any board. Former cricket Mahendra Singh Dhoni is listed as a mentor.

“The M.S. Dhoni Global School started classes in the academic year 2021-22, but unauthorisedly. It was only a week ago that the school got a no-objection certificate from the State government. This school has never been affiliated to either the State board or any of the Central boards, and hence is running illegally. Therefore, we issued a notice to the school management concerned,” said P. Bylanjanappa, DDPI, Bengaluru South.

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