Are schools implementing the Karnataka Education Act properly?
The Karnataka Education Act, which came into force in 1997, makes it mandatory for every school in Karnataka to set up a management committee comprising teachers, administrators, parents and students which would decide about education pattern, fee structure, punishments, extra-curricular activities, etc.
In this regard, an application was filed with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking to get the details of School Management Committees formed in the schools of Bangalore North-III.
Dissatisfied over the incomplete reply to his query, the applicant approached the Karnataka Information Commission (KIC). During the hearing, the DPI officials at first told that complete information was provided to the applicants but later on they said that complete information could not be collected. The KIC has now directed the Education department to produce proper information about the formation of school management committees in Bangalore North-III after six months when the next hearing will take place.