Bihar government says no to request for land for KVs
Bihar Govt expresses its inability to provide land for Kendriya Vidyalays, as they do not conform to the policy of Common School System.patna Updated: Apr 10, 2007 20:22 IST
Bihar government has expressed its inability to provide land for Kendriya Vidyalays (KVs) in the state, as they do not conform to the policy of Common School System (CSS). It has also made it clear that the State would like to continue the earlier practice of encouraging KVs at the cost of its own institutions.
In a letter written to the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, the government has cited examples of its own policy initiatives and incentives to bring all the 24 lakh out of school children to schools and provide them free education. The letter has been written in the wake of criticism of the government by RJD leaders for not making land available for KVs in the state.
"Over and above, KVs ask for 10 acres of land free of cost. In our perception, it is too big a piece of land. Even the CBSE norms require two acres or even less for private schools, which are being opened in rural areas also," the letter says, adding that Bihar was on way to reviving its school system through huge appointments and it "will not be advisable to part with the existing school buildings and land for KVs".
Maintaining that it was not clear what would be the capacity of the KVs and how soon they would become operational if lands were made available, the government has said that the KVS had not yet submitted a complete plan for opening schools in the identified districts.
Citing the example of KV at Azimchak in Patna, the government has said that the locals, who donated land, were surprised to discover that the children from the villages could not be admitted there. "The school had been opened in a state school building, but it hardly served any purpose for the locals," it added.
HRD Commissioner-cum-Secretary Dr MM Jha said that the "KVs take admission through test and charge fee, which the poor children of Bihar are not in a position to pay. The KVs are overlooking the constitutional provision of free education under Article 21 A. While those living 15 kms away in the city have access to it, the poor locals are deprived of the opportunity".
"Bihar is the first state to constitute a commission for CSS to implement the national policy. The CSS is looking into all types of schools, including private, and is expected to submit its report by June this year," he added.
First Published: Apr 10, 2007 20:20 IST