The state primary and secondary education department has reduced the income ceiling to apply for seats under the 25% quota under the Right to Education (RTE) Act to Rs1 lakh per year from Rs3.5 lakh per year. This was one of the major demands of private schools. Now, the number of beneficiaries under RTE too will be reduced. The radius to identify neighbourhood schools within BBMP limits has also been revised to 1km.
Meanwhile, following a meeting with state primary and secondary education minister Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri on Thursday, the Karnataka Private School Joint Action Committee (KPSJAC) has decided to call off its proposed protest.
D Shashi Kumar, KPSJAC media coordinator, said: “We have cancelled the decision to stage the protest as the government responded positively to our five major demands.” The KPSJAC originally planned to go on strike from January 15 at Freedom Park.
The minister issued an order constituting a state-level committee for implementation of RTE. A block education officer has been appointed as the nodal officer.