Govt may seek Lokayukta's help to curb donation

 Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vishveshwara Hegde Kageri said here  on Thursday that several private schools and colleges are collecting donations from parents in the name of developmental fee. It has become a big menace. The department will shortly write to Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde, he added.

Besides, the department has decided to set up a special squad comprising top officials to conduct surprise inspections of schools and verify documents. “There is a need to teach a lesson to those who are running educational institutions as a business venture,” he stated.

Annual examinations

Presently, semester system is being followed for ninth standard. Many students are finding it difficult to face the annual 10th standard exam. So, we are planning to restore the annual examination system for 8th and 9th standards. Suggestions will be received from parents in this regard before taking any decision, he said.

Quality of question papers

Kageri said he has sought a report from the officials on the alleged distribution of poor quality question papers during the SSLC exams this year.

“This was done only to save money. There is no other reason for it. Quality paper will be used from the next year,” he added.

PU, SSLC results

Evaluation of the PUC answer papers has been completed and the results will be announced on May 10, the minister said. As far as the SSLC exams, evaluation will be completed in three to four days. The results are likely to be out on May 20, he added.

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