Students to get books, uniforms soon: Kageri

Those who didnt get cycles last academic year, will get them this time

The government will also keep its promise of providing bicycles to Class VIII students studying in government and aided schools in June this year. The government was not able to provide bicycles last year. The students, who will now be in Class IX, will be given bicycles during the present academic year.

Kageri said the government had placed an order for purchase of 11 lakh bicycles for students of classes VIII and IX (last year’s quota) in government and aided schools. The bicycles for boys will cost Rs 2,768 each and those for girls Rs 2,858 each.

Speaking to reporters in Bangalore, Kageri said the process of dispatching the textbooks to the schools through the office of block educational officer (BEO) has begun.

The academic year is scheduled to commence from May 27. For students of private schools, the department of public instruction will arrange for sale of textbooks by opening special counters during working hours at the office of the jurisdictional BEO.

The government will provide free textbooks to all students in classes I to X in government and aided schools. For the first time, the government is providing free textbooks for students of classes IX and X in aided schools. In all 5.38 crore textbooks have been printed and are ready for distribution, he said.

The minister said students of government and aided schools in Bangalore, Mysore and Gulbarga regions would get free uniforms in the first week of June. The process had been delayed in Belgaum region as the Karnataka State Powerloom Development Corporation, entrusted with the contract for supply of uniform, was seeking a rate revision.

Panels to monitor donation menace

The education department has constituted four committees headed by officers of the rank of joint director to suo motu monitor donation menace in schools during admissions.
Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri told reporters in Bangalore on Tuesday that the division-wise committees (one each for Bangalore, Mysore, Belgaum and Gulbarga) were constituted last week.

CBSE and ICSE schools will not come under the jurisdiction of the committee.
The minister said parents can also lodge complaints, if any, against school managements for seeking donations, with the jurisdictional Block Education Officer (BEO) or with the Deputy Commissioner concerned.

The minister said the government had taken a policy decision to merge junior colleges with student strength of less than 20 with nearby first grade college this academic year.

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