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Talk to Centre, govt tells KUSMA

Talk to Centre, govt tells KUSMA

TNN Jul 17, 2012, 01.45AM IST

BANGALORE: The Karnataka government on Monday talked tough to schools protesting against implementation of the 25% RTE quota.
After a two-hour meeting with the Karnataka Unaided School Management Association (KUSMA), Kumar G Naik, principal secretary, primary and secondary education told TOI: "If they go ahead with the strike, the government will be forced to take action and derecognize the member schools."

The association on Monday decided to go ahead with the agitation, despite the strike turning out to be a flop on Day 1, as 90% of the member schools ignored the strike call. Most of the member schools remained open. "We worked on Monday and will work for the rest of the week as well. These rules are given by the Supreme Court, and going on a strike will be a violation. No law is above the SC. We have decided not to be part of the strike," said the principal of a member school, on condition of anonymity.
At the meeting held on Monday evening to discuss issues raised by KUSMA, the government asked the association to knock the right doors. "We are open to talk about rules framed by the state government. But the association seems to be unhappy with rules framed by the Centre, and there is nothing much we can do. The association should approach the right people and discuss their problems with them," said Naik.
The meeting, held at the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyana office, was adjourned after two hours and an unhappy KUSMA president was seen walking out. "We are only asking for a law. This meeting has not served any purpose and we will continue with the strike," said GS Sharma, president, KUSMA.
The association leaders said their decision to strike is completely justified. "There is no law yet to define minority in Karnataka. The minority issue has become a mainstream issue now, thanks to RTE. There is no point going to court, as courts have no power to direct legislature to frame a law. It can be done by the state legislature and that's what we are demanding," said KV Dhananjay, legal adviser, KUSMA.

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