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ICSE and CBSE Schools Are Unable to Follow RTE Act This Year

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The Karnataka Federation of Independent Schools’ Management (KFISM) Associations, that has 284 CBSE and ICSE schools under its umbrella, has  decided to leave it to the state government to suggest them if they must cancel out 25 per cent of the admissions made so far, to make way for the economically weaker section quota students under RTE.

LR Shivramegowda, President, KFISM said, “We welcome the Act, but it is highly unlikely that the member schools will be able to implement the Act this academic year. There are 132 ICSE and 152 CBSE schools under the association and all of them completed the admission process in October. We have a practical problem, and want the government to give us a solution. If the government directs us to nullify 25 per cent of our admissions, we are ready,” said LR Shivramegowda, president, KFISM.

Around 100 members of KFISM met on Wednesday to decide on the next step of the implementation of RTE. The federation also cited the SC’s judgment, stating that status quo should be maintained on the completed admissions. Shivramegowda said,  “We are not seeking any legal remedy. ICSE and CBSE schools do not come under the Karnataka Education Act, so there was no question of us following the admission calendar issued by the government. If the government had notified us in time, this problem would never have occurred”.

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