We are sharing here information for Parents whose kids study in Private schools at Karnataka. As a parent, if you believe that your kids’ school is demanding unfair, unjustified fee and blocking education to your kids than you may continue to read this article.
As per Karnataka Government Circular 32544 dated 24-Apr-2020, another on dated 28-Apr-2020 and specific notice C5/Shulka Vasuli/01/2020-21 dated 19-May-2020 and subsequent circulars reiterating the same, school can only take un-hiked tuition fee from parents.
If due to non payment of fees and non-co-operation of school to accept tuition fee of AY 2019-2020, school expels children or threatens to do so or disables online access or refuses to provide TC (Transfer Certificate) than parents may raise their grievances to multiple forums and authorities as mentioned in this article.
Many parents have already taken a stand and have taken multiple actions which have brought some results already. Do read more details HERE.
Block Education Officers (BEOs)
At first, You MUST write to Block Education Officer (BEO) of your ward or constituency and may keep Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI) in loop. You may get names, email-ids, phone numbers from http://www.schooleducation.kar.nic.in/html/contusdd_bd.html .
E.g. For Bengaluru South Parliamentary Constituency, following information is available on above website.
|Name & Designation of the Officer||Phone & Fax No||Mobile No||eMail Address|
DDPI, Bangalore South
|P : 080-26701189 |
F : 080-26705692
|M : email@example.com|
|TALUK NAME||BEO Name & Address||Phone/Fax||Mobile No||eMail Address|
|Bangalore South 1||V.C.Basavarajegowdafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bangalore South 2||L.H.Muthaiahemail@example.com|
|Bangalore South 3||Mathi Gowda Cfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bangalore South 4||Hanumantharayaemail@example.com|
Also, you may visit BEO office in person and share the complaint letter with evidences and get acknowledgement. Take 2 copies of the complaint, one for getting the acknowledgement from Tapal section of BEO office. The BEO office will conduct a inspection by visiting the school and make a report and take necessary action.
Karnataka or National Commission of Child Rights
You can write to “Karnataka State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR)” on their email-id, firstname.lastname@example.org, and they have taken actions in few cases as we know.
You may write a letter and take print-outs of various evidences of blocked education by schools and submit in person at the office of KSCPCR. The address is mentioned at, https://wcd.karnataka.gov.in/page/Contact+us/Karnataka+State+Commission+for+the+Protection+of++Child+Rights/en .
You may write to Chairperson of “National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)” on mail id, email@example.com as well.
Do mark your school email-id and authorities (e.g. Principal etc) if you wish as it keeps them also under pressure.
Karnataka Education Department
You may escalate matter to officials from Karnataka Education Department – Primary and Secondary Education. If you kids is in primary classes than you may get address, email-id, phone numbers etc from http://www.schooleducation.kar.nic.in/pryedn/prycontactus.html
If your kid is in secondary education than you may get address, email-id, phone numbers etc from http://www.schooleducation.kar.nic.in/secedn/seccontactus.html
Commissioner for Public Instruction
You may escalate it further by writing to office of Commissioner for Public Instruction, for which addresses, email-ids and phone numbers can be taken from http://www.schooleducation.kar.nic.in/html/contactus.html .
Honorable Education Minister, Karnataka
As a next step, you may write to honorable education minister office or even meet his office in person. Some parents have already met them and he has been already looking into the matter. Education Minister details are below:
Shri. S. Sureshkumar,
Hon’ble Minister to the Primary and Secondary Education and Sakala and chamarajapet district incharge Minister
Phone : 080-22253631, Email Id : firstname.lastname@example.org,
You may also write to Principal Secretary whose details are mentioned below:
Shri. S.R. Umashankar, I.A.S
Principal Secretary to the Government,
Department of Primary and Secondary Education Department
Email Id : email@example.com
Cell : +91 9448100100, Phone/fax : 080-22032560
Notes or Appeal to Parents
We humbly suggest parents to not succumb to pressure from private schools especially for kids in primary or pre-primary classes. Kids education is always very important however same time, un-justified fee issue needs to be tackled. There are various forums to raise the grievances and with some patience, it would definitely bring desirable outcome. Do join telegram group for Karnataka Private Schools, “Voice of Parents”, at https://t.me/joinchat/AiFHkBcrKpyDUJKNwGlBtg, if you have more queries. 100s of parents can answer your queries. We are strength to each other and collectively, we can make a positive difference.