13,000 schools write a letter to PM Modi, accusing Karnataka government of corruption

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, two organisations representing at least 13,000 schools in Karnataka charged the Basavaraj Bommai-led BJP government with corruption.

The Registered Unaided Private Schools Management Association and The Associated Managements Of Primary And Secondary Schools have urged PM Modi to examine allegations of bribery being demanded by the state education department in order to grant recognition certificates to educational institutions.

The letter read, “Unscientific, irrational, discriminatory and noncompliance norms are applied to only unaided private schools and huge corruption is in place.”

The associations demanded the resignation of State Education Minister BC Nagesh after alleging that several requests and complaints went unanswered.

The letter further read, “The education ministry is impatient to listen and understand the actual pathetic situation of the whole system and resolve the issues. Two different BJP ministers literally caused lots of damage to budget schools rather than those schools that are commercialising education by allowing more and more investors to set up, directly costing more fees per child for parents.”

The groups claimed that despite the start of the new academic year, government-required textbooks still had not been delivered to the schools.

“The education minister has no concern to liberalise the rigid norms and frame rules and regulations that both public and private schools can practically and physically implement without burdening parents and students,” read the complaint.

Urging PM Modi to look into the allegations, the school associations also demanded launch of an investigation into the affairs of the Karnataka education ministry.

Source: NDTV

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