'Constitute joint House panel to check donations'

'Constitute joint House panel to check donations'

Nanaiah said since 1999 the Government had failed miserably to regulate the institutions violating norms. He said ‘educational mafia’ was one of the biggest menaces and leaders played a major role in worsening the situation, as many in the ruling and the Opposition are running educational institutions violating rules.

“The situation is so grave that today, parents are paying a donation of Rs five lakh for a kindergarten seat,” he added.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri said he will take ‘suitable action’ against such schools.

BJP MLC Madhusudhan said most institutions were seeking refuge under Section 29 or 30 of the Karnataka Education Act by stating that they belong to certain caste or linguistic minority category.

Making an appeal to the parents, Kageri said there should be a combined effort from the parents, government and other stakeholders to fight the problem. He said the malpractices were highest in Bangalore and other corporation cities.

“Our big problem is with CBSC and ISCE schools. They are very difficult to monitor as they don’t come under the State rules.” Nanaiah rued that despite the Opposition’s strong objections to pass a Alliance University Private Bill, the government had not only passed the Bill, but took MLCs to the University for a workshop.

“I did not go to the workshop that day. It’s a shame that we are surrendering ourselves to a private institution like this.”

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