High Court stays school derecognition

The petitioners- Meenakshi Foundation of Chamundeshwari Layout - which runs the Shikshaniketan Primary School stated that after inspection of the school, the Deputy Director of Public Instruction, North passed an order on March 26 withdrawing the recognition of the institution.

On April 13, the Block Education Officer issued pamphlets outside the school campus warning the parents against admitting their children to the school. The pamphlet also said criminal prosecution would be initiated against the management if any admissions were made. The petitioners submitted that this was highly arbitrary and violative of the principles of natural justice and no reasonable opportunity was given to the institution before initiating the action.

They also submitted that the order was in violation of the Supreme Court’s interim order. There was no stay on judgement of the full bench of Karnataka High Court, which had termed mandating students of Class 1 to 4 to study in Kannada medium or in their mother tongue as invalid and unconstitutional. The Supreme Court had stated that the Government should not pass any closure orders of unrecognised schools.

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