Education dept to set right property records of its schools

Robertsonpet school ground controversy wakes up dept rudely

playground: Boys play cricket on the grounds of the Government Higher Primary School in Robertsonpet, KGF, after the City Municipal Council brought down the encroaching wall, seen in the foreground. dh photo

After the controversy surrounding the grounds belonging to the Robertsonpet Government Kannada Medium Higher Primary School was cleared, the Department has now opened its eyes.

The Robertsonpet School was saved from the clutches of the encroachers, who claimed that the property belonged to them. With this incident, the Department is now taking every measure to ensure that all the records belonging to every school is intact.

However, the pity is most of the schools do not have their records intact. While, some of the schools which have been functioning right from the pre-Independence days, do not even have their documents.

Rightful owners

The Education Department considers the present school authorities, who ever are enjoying the property, as its rightful owners. Needless to say, the kith and kin of the philanthropists and donors who had donated their land generously for the construction of schools, earlier, are claiming them back. This has proved to be a big headache to the Education Department.

According to the officers of the Education Department, the encroachment of the Robertsonpet Government School has opened its eyes. It does not want to take any chances now and was hence making all efforts to safeguard the properties of all its schools.

Measures required

The Block Education officers had already begun to take implement the required measures in this regard. The local residents are also extending their support for this cause. The present value of the Robertsonpet School in the market is valued at a several crores.

Thanks to the initiative taken by the associations and organisations who joined their hands with the Education Department, and also the City Municipal Council (CMC) which also played a key role in safeguarding the school property, they could win the case.

The City Municipal Council had decided to construct a compound wall around the school premises and the proposal might get a green signal in the next CMC meeting, according to CMC officers.

Presently, a legal battle has begun between the CMC and the private parties with regards to the ownership of the School property. It all depends on what steps the CMC and the Education Department will be taking ahead of this.

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