Short on cash, Karnataka govt to put public schools project on hold | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The plan to increase the number of Karnataka public schools, which offer both English and Kannada medium sections, has been put on hold this year with the government citing financial constraints due to the pandemic.
The Karnataka Public Schools (KPS) project was mooted two years ago. The aim was to provide children from economically weaker sections English medium of education. Currently, the state has 276 such schools and the project envisaged expanding it to 1,000 in 2020-21. But with the government short of cash, achieving the target is unlikely, said a senior official involved in budget preparations.
In fact, S Suresh Kumar, primary and secondary education minister, said in the legislative assembly last week that opening new KPSes has been hit as the finance department cannot release funds. Moreover, schools have remained closed for most of the academic year due to the pandemic.
“The aim now is to make existing KPSes centres of excellence by boosting their overall infrastructure,” Kumar told TOI
. Karnataka public schools are a flagship of the government with KG to class 12 sections. The schools were launched in hobli headquarters to prevent dropouts during the transition from higher primary to high schools. The government set up 176 schools in 2018-19 and another 100 in 2019-20. These schools have received tremendous response.
Sources say unlike starting English medium sections in existing schools, upgrading to KPS is heavy on the budget.

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