The Associated Management of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka (KAMS) filed documents on Wednesday to substantiate their allegations of corruption in the School Education and Literacy Department.
Following their corruption allegations and a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Public Education Commissioner Dr Vishal R had called KAMS for a meeting and asked them to submit evidence or documents.
KAMS representatives said they submitted a 16-page document and also some audio clips. “There was evidence for some of the allegations made by us and we presented the same to the Commissioner,” said KAMS Secretary General D Shashi Kumar.
They even pointed to local-level harassment in the offices of deputy principals and block education officials. “The officials at the local level are harassing private schools in the name of documents, extension of affiliation, etc. Some audio documents have been filed for the same and I hope the department will investigate and take action against guilty officials,” Kumar added up.
However, KAMS called ‘committee’ allegations against School Education and Literacy Minister BC Nagesh by the Recognized Unaided Private Schools Association Karnataka (RUPSA) as ‘baseless’.
“There is rampant corruption in the department and we had brought it to the attention of the department, but the allegations made against the minister by another organization are not true,” Kumar said.
RUPSA had accused the ministry and Nagesh of taking cuts, after which the minister said he would sue for defamation.