Teachers to take out rally on Saturday

MANGALORE, MARCH 3. Members of the Dakshina Kannada unit of the State Primary School Teachers' Federation will take out a rally here on Saturday. The federation is protesting against what it calls the apathy of the State Government towards aided and unaided schools.

Raviraj Shetty, president of the federation, told presspersons here on Wednesday that under the rules framed in 2003, the Government had forced teachers in these schools to come out of the Karnataka State Primary School Teachers' Association. The federation had been formed to protect the interests of these teachers.

Mr. Shetty said private schools had played a major role in ensuring that Dakshina Kannada and Udupi led other districts in the State in the educational sector. The authorities concerned should pay special attention to the problems faced by these schools. They had a false notion that such schools served only the elite, although 95 per cent of the students in these institutions were from economically backward sections of society, he added.

K.M.K. Manjanady, secretary of the federation, said the Government must take steps to provide free uniforms to students in aided schools. There were nearly 1.25 lakh students in aided primary schools in the district, and they should also be included in the mid-day meal scheme. Girls in these schools should be given fee concession. The teachers should be given the perks enjoyed by their counterparts in Government schools and allowed to take part in <149>refresher courses.He said the federation would submit memorandums to the Union Ministry of Human Resources<149> Development, the Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, the Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, the Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education, B.K. Chandrashekar, and the Minister for Transport and district in-charge, B. Ramanath Rai, on the occasion.