13 schools facing threat of closure in Ch'nagar district

DDPI assures no change in the current academic year

The strength of these schools are less than 10 students and there are three schools that have less than five students and as per the directions of the state government, the department of public instructions is planning to merge these schools with the nearby government schools, the process of which would begin shortly.

Three schools in Chamarajanagar, three in Gundlupet, two in Kollegal and five schools in Hanur range have students below 10 numbers. Yalandur is one taluk where there are no schools identified with less number of students.

Melur of Chamarajanagar taluk, Adinakanive of Gundlupet taluk and Urdu school of Bandalli in Hanur taluk are facing the threat and will be merged with the other schools.

These schools have been identified by the Department of Public Instructions and the popular convent culture is said to be the reason behind the dwindling strength at government schools. Adding to this, the number of people attending anganwadi kendras has also decreased leading to the low admission to government schools. The kids below five years of age are also being admitted to convents for their pre-school education.

This has led to the closure of 13 schools permanently and the poor children would be denied  the minimum primary education too, lament some parents.

The schools where the strength is less than five children are only being merged with other schools and even bus expenses too will be given to them. If there are more admissions in the consecutive years, the schools will be re-opened again, said deputy director of public instructions Bellashetty.

However, he disclosed that the merging of schools will not take place in the current year and the government has directed to take the steps during the year 2012-13.

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