Bangalore: Karnataka Primary & Secondary Education Secretary G Kumar Naik says he hasn't received any complaint on any school chopping of the hair of children admitted under the Right to Education (RTE) Act and will act once he receives it.
"The incident has just come to government's notice. We have asked for a report on this from the zonal officers and it'll come by this (Wednesday) evening. We will take action after that. Complaints of this kind haven't come in from anywhere else. The awareness of RTE is being carried out across the state so that problems of this kind can be addressed," says Naik.
The Oxford English School in Laggere in Bangalore has reportedly branded students from the economically weaker sections because they were admitted under the 25 per cent quota under the RTE Act. The parents of four students at the unaided school in Bangalore alleged that their children were branded by cutting of tufts of their hair, because they had been admitted under the RTE quota.
This was done to reportedly distinguish the 1st standard students from other students. The parents also allege the kids were made to stand separately during the morning assembly and were made to sit at the back in class.
The Oxford English School is a part of the Karnataka Unaided School Managements' Association (KUSMA) which has announced a shut down to protest the implementation of RTE.