HC seeks report on steps taken to bring back dropouts

HC seeks report on steps taken to bring back dropouts

The High Court on Wednesday directed the State government to submit a report in one week, in compliance with the court’s earlier orders, on the steps it has taken to bring back the children who have dropped out of schools.

Taking  suo motu cognisance of the issue, based on a news item published in a daily, a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice B V Nagarathna directed the government to submit a list of incentive schemes available for dropout children and their parents.

The news report stated that 54,000 students are still out of school despite government implementing the RTE Act. 

During the hearing, the bench observed that government should first ensure attendance of the children who had dropped out of school and then focus on the school infrastructure such as buildings, drinking water and separate toilets for girls and boys and, finally ensure quality education to children. 

The bench also observed that children who have finished Anganwadi term should be able to get admissions immediately into the nearby school and the government should ensure that the parents are not forcing them into child labour.

 The government counsel submitted that the there is no dearth of funds to implement the RTE Act and to bring back these children to schools.

He said that a meeting of representatives of the Education Department, private institutions, parents and NGOs should be held to find a solution on how to bring such children back to schools.

When the government's counsel sought a week’s time to submit a report, the bench agreed and adjourned the case to June 20.

Accepting an activist’s request to implead in the case, the bench appointed advocate Clifton D’Rozario as the amicus curiae.

Order quashed

The High Court on Wednesday quashed the government order reinstating Dr S C Sharma as the principal of R V Engineering College, Bangalore.

Justice Hulavadi G Ramesh, ordered quashing of government order of June 26, 2009 which had directed Rashtreeya Shikshana Samithi Trust to reinstate Dr Sharma as the principal of the said college. Challenging the order, the Trust had approached the High Court.
 
Dr Sharma said that the Trust had promised him that he would be reinstate as the college principal after his term as Tumkur University vice-chancellor ends, but it had failed to keep  the promise.

The Trust’s counsel argued that the members of the Trust and the administration council members had decided not to reinstate Dr Sharma as the principal. The Bench directed that Dr Sharma cannot be re-appointed as the principal, but he could be taken as a professor in the college.

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