HC notice to State, Kusma on RTE

HC notice to State, Kusma on RTE

The High Court of Karnataka on Thursday ordered notice to the State government and the Karnataka Unaided School Managements’ Association (Kusma), in connection with a petition regarding the lackadaisical attitude of the Association and the government in implementing the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

Hearing a petition by S Vasudeva, a City-based advocate, the Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice Aravind Kumar directed the government to inform the court about the status of implementation of the RTE Act.

Stating that the call by Kusma for shutting down schools for a week in protest against the RTE Act was illegal and detrimental to the interests of primary and secondary school students across the State, the petitioner submitted that the executive had failed in its duties to implement the law. 

Blaming the government and the unaided schools’ association for failing to implement the Supreme Court order, the petitioner said it was causing injustice to students from the economically weaker sections. 

Calling the decision to close schools for a week “adamant and audacious,” Vasudeva requested the court to direct the government to take disciplinary action against Kusma and to derecognise schools that do not implement the Supreme Court order.

When the counsel for the petitioner pointed out that the government had no clear records regarding the implementation of RTE Act, the division bench ordered notice to the government, besides the president and secretary of Kusma.

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