Karnataka govt revisits plan, KV-model schools likely in GPs, wards | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: More than 7,000 schools based on the Kendriya Vidyalaya model are likely to be set up in gram panchayats and wards of urban pockets. The idea was proposed in 2004 by the centre for child and the law (CCL), National Law School of India University, and was shelved in 2018 as the government set up Karnataka Public Schools instead.
However, earlier this week, primary and secondary education minister S Suresh Kumar reportedly assured VP Niranjanaradhya, senior fellow and programme head, Universalisation of Equitable Quality Education Programme, CCL, of restarting the programme.

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CCL, which had been working with panchayats and around 26 villages, found schools in rural areas lacked infrastructure and drafted a proposal to provide equitable education along with qualitative amenities.
Much before the National Education Policy-2020 proposed to include 12 years of schooling with three years of anganwadi/ pre-schooling (5+3+3+4 pitch), in 2004 the CCL’s proposal mooted schools in villages to house anganwadis or creches till class 4. It also proposed setting up one well-equipped school for classes 5 to 12 in GPs (villages) and at the ward level (urban areas).
Niranjanaradhya said these model schools will be in no way inferior to any other institutions. “Younger children will need schools closer to their homes, thus we had proposed the separation of lower classes and shifting higher classes to village headquarters,” he said, adding the model schools will be based on the KV model, which means they will have similar facilities (music, co-curricular activities, playgrounds, etc.), one teacher for each class, trained graduate teacher (TGT) and postgraduate trained teachers (PGTs), among others.
In 2014, the same proposal was also made to then education minister Kimmane Ratnakar, who instructed BEOs and DDPIs to identify schools in panchayats and start the preparation. “Unfortunately, in 2018, the concept got derailed and instead of one school in one GP, the Karnataka Public School was started. It was not what we had recommended,” he said, adding they had proposed to retain classes 1 to 4 and anganwadis in villages, while KSP starts from LKG and has classes up to 12.



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