Karnataka government requires officers to adopt schools; plan awaits green light from CM


Government employees will soon be asked to adopt public schools under a new scheme which is awaiting the approval of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

The Department of School Education and Literacy has proposed an “Academic Adoption” program which primarily targets the academic development of public schools.

Officials said DH that the new program has nothing to do with fundraising. “For infrastructure development, we have Nanna Shaale, Nanna Koduge (My school, my contribution). The academic adoption program is intended for the improvement of the academic atmosphere,” explained a senior official.

Under the proposed program, officials from all ministries will be tasked with adopting a public school and visiting it at least once a month.

“In the School Education and Literacy Department, it will be made mandatory for officers up to the level of Block Education Officer (BEO) to adopt a school. In other departments, it will apply to A and B grade officers,” the official added.

The department has finalized the guidelines and the file is before Bommai for approval. “As the program involves officials from different departments, it has to be approved by the chief minister,” the official said.

Although there are no fundraising or financial issues involved in the program, any official wishing to donate or contribute to infrastructure development will be free to do so.

As part of the program, those who adopt the school will be required to organize motivational speeches for students, expose them to resource people, train teachers, identify school needs and update the department, among other things. things.

Karnataka has 76,905 schools providing formal education for grades 1 to 12. Of these, 49,791 are public schools, according to official data. There are 7,182 government-subsidized schools and 19,915 recognized private schools.

In 2015, the state government launched the Shaalege Banni Shanivara (Come to School on Saturday) program which also aimed to improve academics in public schools. These were citizens who volunteered to teach every Saturday in an effort to foster community participation in public schools that otherwise suffered from a shortage of infrastructure and teachers.

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