“Schools on wheel” yet to hit the roads

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Published on April 6, 2021 by

BBMP introduces a bridge course for the underprivileged children but the delay in the survey of street kids holds back the initiative.

Bangalore: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahangara Palike (BBMP) introduced a scheme named “School on wheel” which was to start at the end of February. However, even after a month, the initiative has not rolled out. Rewrite to put the news first, please. 

The BBMP said the aim of this project is to provide bridge courses for children who have either never been to schools, are begging or are drop-outs. They are appointing teachers from BBMP schools to teach. 

“The survey of underprivileged children who are hawking or begging on streets is still going on. It is taken care of by the State Legal Service Authority, so once the survey is over and we get the exact number of children who need education, then only we will be able to place schools on wheel in such places,” said Nagendra Naik, the Assistant Commissioner (Education) of BBMP.

Authorities of BMTC said they sold 10 old buses worth Rs. 4 lakhs each to BBMP for the door step school project. The seats inside the buses are removed and they will be converted into mobile classrooms. 

According to the Karnataka State Legal Services Authority, the petition for initiating the scheme is pending under the Karnataka High Court

Vigneesh Kalasa, the PRO of Karnataka State Legal Services Authority said, “The survey got completed on March 30 but it is still under process as the High Court is yet to give the order on going ahead with the initiative. Most probably it will be started within a week after the High Court decides on a date.” 

Some NGOs and authorities of State Legal Services were asked to survey the underprivileged children in rural areas, begging on toll plazas, markets and traffic signals. According to the BBMP, schools on wheels will be a bridge course for children to introduce them to mainstream education. 

Aishwarya Kote, a committee member of Samarthanam Trust said, “The initiative taken by BBMP is definitely going to help the students but it is also important for them to educate the parents of these underprivileged children. Since most of the time they are unaware which leads to the children being deprived of education.”

As the Karnataka High Court delayed the decision, the wait for the buses to travel from the head office to educate these children remained unending.

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