The Department of Pre University Education’s proposal to open 461 pre-university colleges across the State has reportedly been rejected by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah during a review meeting of the Department of Primary and Secondary Education here on Tuesday.
The department had sent a proposal to the government to open new colleges as the SSLC pass percentage was at an all-time high this year, making more candidates eligible for pre-university. However, sources who attended the meeting said that the proposal was shot down and instead the Chief Minister expressed interest in allowing 112 new high schools to come up in the State.
The sources said that Mr. Siddaramaiah also looked into the modalities of the transfer of teachers of government primary and high schools.
Mr. Siddaramaiah, according to the sources, said that he would consider the Department of Public Instruction’s proposal to amend the rules framed under the Karnataka State Civil Services (Regulation of Transfer of Teachers) Act 2007, so that it would benefit more teachers seeking transfers.
It is said that Mr. Siddaramaiah instructed senior officials to tour the State and monitor the functioning of the Block Education Officers and the Deputy Directors of Public Instruction.
According to the sources, he was irked over pending files at the government level and has instructed officials to dispose them of expeditiously.