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Federation wants CCTVs in its schools

Federation wants CCTVs in its schools

BANGALORE: After the controversy over alleged discrimination against RTE quota children in a private school in the city, state schools are getting extra cautious on the matter.
In its latest meeting, the Karnataka State Private School Management Federation has advised all its member schools to install CCTVs and voice recorders in its entrances and office rooms. “Many schools have had bad experiences of self-proclaimed NGOs and activists barging in and manhandling school authorities. With the installation of CCTVs, one will get to know who is right and who is wrong. In case the school can afford, they can even put it up in classrooms,” said Shashi Kumar D, organizing secretary.
Last week, Oxford English School in Nandini Layout was dragged into a controversy over alleged discrimination against children admitted under the 25% quota of RTE. The interim report however has given a clean chit to them. with the minister for primary and secondary education Visveswara Hegde Kageri saying that it was a local body that was harassing them.
Fake certificates
The schools’ association has brought to the notice of the government about the fake income certificates they are receiving. “Many children who apply under RTE quota actually come from financially sound families. We have the case of a parent whose pay slip showed Rs 60,000 salary yet applied for RTE quota. There are government officials who take bribe and issue certificates. We have told the minister to take action against this,” he said.
The association has also asked the minister to protect managements and also sought help from police in case there are cases of trespassing. “Parents sometimes abuse teachers. We have requested the commissioner of public instruction and DGP for help in any such case and take them to task,” he added.
Around 800 schools, mostly from the state board, come under the association.
The Times of India, 22 July 2012

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