Controversies doggy schooling sector, govt. faces ‘saffronisation’ demand


A file photo of students wearing hijabs outside their school after being denied entry in Kundapur of Udupi district.

A file picture of learners carrying hijabs exterior their college soon after remaining denied entry in Kundapur of Udupi district. , Image Credit: PTI

The education sector in Karnataka was dogged by a collection of controversies in 2022, most of them emanating from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s ideological stance.

The hijab row

The 12 months commenced with six students at a authorities pre-university university in Udupi protesting and demanding that they be permitted to have on hijab inside of the classroom.

As the governing administration issued a circular to keep a standing quo on the hijab rule, other colleges in the district also disallowed ladies from putting on the hijab inside higher education campuses, leading to vocal protests.

The challenge soon went out of hand as a part of Hindu pupils sported saffron shawls inside of lecture rooms, polarizing campuses on spiritual traces and making a deeply divided scholar entire body across the Point out.

On March 15, the Large Courtroom of Karnataka, hearing petitions filed by the college students of the Udupi university searching for permission to use hijab inside school rooms, upheld the rights of the managements of schools, the place there is a uniform approved, to ban hijab inside of lecture rooms.

The Supreme Court docket on October 13 sent a split verdict listening to a obstacle to the Significant Courtroom get and the issue is now pending before a larger sized Bench.

Textbook row

The textbooks prepared by the textbook revision committee, led by Rohith Chakrathirtha, a identified proponent of the Hindutva ideology, stirred a hornet’s nest in the Point out.

The new textbooks incorporated a lesson by RSS founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar and had dropped a number of classes by progressive authors. The books turned controversial as quite a few caste businesses also took objections to classes on Narayana Expert getting dropped, lessons on BR Ambedkar and Basavanna edited objectionably, amid some others.

Vokkaligas objected to the alleged insult to Kuvempu by Mr. Chakrathirtha top to protests on the streets. Numerous distinguished writers like Devanur Mahadeva and Roopa Hassan withdrew authorization to use their create-ups in the textbooks, irrespective of which the government has resolved to teach them for the tutorial calendar year 2022-23.

Students wearing hijabs and saffron shawls in Udupi.

Pupils carrying hijabs and saffron shawls in Udupi. , Photo Credit: Particular ARRANGEMENT

The government’s determination to include the Bhagavad Gita in the ethical education curriculum also drew the ire of educationists. The governing administration experienced to withdraw an order to put into action Vedic Arithmetic classes for SC and ST students in gram panchayats underneath the resources of the Scheduled Castes Sub Strategy (SCSP) and Tribals Sub System (TSP), following vocal protests by Dalit corporations.

The allegation of the saffronisation of schooling took on a literal connotation, when the govt made a decision to paint 8,000-odd new classrooms across the Point out saffron, branding them as “Viveka School rooms”. Next powerful protests, the govt claimed the shade of the classrooms would be made a decision by the contractors.

Chaos in CET-2022 position

In the bigger schooling sector, the CET-2022 rankings and counseling was chaotic owing to confusion above the ranking conditions of about 24,000 repeaters.

The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) introduced a ranking on July 30, thinking of CET marks and II PU marks in a 50:50 ratio for freshers and only CET marks for repeaters.

This, they argued, was for the reason that the repeaters experienced handed II PU with no any examinations in 2021 owing to the pandemic. However, this was challenged in the Substantial Court, which established aside the CET-2022 rating. Later, a new rating was declared on Oct 1 adhering to the standards proposed by an pro panel to deliver parity amongst freshers and repeaters.

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