Daijiworld Media Network – Bangalore (SD)
Bangalore, May 26: Citing the government’s apathy towards the needs of private schools and lack of funds, several private school associations in Karnataka, alongside the Federation of Teachers and the Association of Minority Educational Institutions, said that they would not resume classes for the next school year on June 15, 2021, if their demands are not met. Associated Management of English Medium Schools in Karnataka (KAMS), Recognized Unaided Private Schools Association (RUPSA), Karnataka ICSE School Association, Karnataka Unaided Schools Managements Association (KUSMA) and other associations submitted a multitude of demands including vaccination for teaching and non-teaching staff, relief packages and mandatory student registration.
Shashi Kumar, General Secretary of KAMS, speaking to the media, said that although schools are ready to reopen, unless the government issues a notice asking parents to enroll their wards, they will not reopen schools. . They further demanded that teachers and non-teaching staff be vaccinated as a priority before resuming activities for the school year.
“The management of private schools, teachers and all stakeholders have come together and we have come to the conclusion that we will reopen schools from June 15. However, if the government does not take action to vaccinate teaching and non-teaching staff, we will not resume operations. We also request the government to issue a notice to parents to ensure that they enroll their wards in schools and also ensure that they attend classes,” Shashi Kumar said.
Moreover, contrary to what the government order stated, he said schools were being pressured to promote children to higher grades without any assessment. The government had advised schools to assess children on their homework performance and attendance.
Previously, private schools had complained about a data security breach by the Department of Primary and Secondary Education and demanded that action be taken against those responsible for the security breach. The private schools had alleged that important student personal data maintained in the District’s Unified Information System for Education (UDISE+) database could be misused. The data is entered by Cluster Resource Persons (CRPs) who would have let individual schools use their login and password to do so, thus compromising the security of the data already recorded.
“The government should quickly take action against the culprits of the data breach and suspend them from their jobs. If the government fails to do this, we (private school associations) will not support further data updates,” Shashi Kumar said.
In the relief plan announced by the government led by BS Yediyurappa for various sectors, teachers were not included. Shashi Kumar requested that the government or local leaders provide relief packages for teachers.