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Karnataka High Court reprimanded the state government, said- Government school students are not even getting 2 pairs of uniforms, shame on them

Bangalore. The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday took strong objection to the delay by the state government in implementing its 2019 directive to provide two sets of uniforms, shoes and socks freely to primary school students in government-run schools. A bench of Justices B Veerappa and KS Hemlekha was hearing a contempt petition filed against the failure of the state to properly comply with the 2019 order of the High Court, which had said that the provisions of the Right to Education Act, 2009 Under this, two sets of uniforms were to be given to the students.

Justice Veerappa orally said that such lapse was a matter of shame for the government. He said during the hearing, ‘Playing with children means playing with the court… spend crores for unnecessary things! Education is your fundamental duty! … Sir, the plight of the children… Education… We will not tolerate these things… Isn’t this a matter of shame for the state government? … This is unfortunate.’

The court also expressed displeasure over the apparent step-motherly treatment meted out to government school students compared to students who can afford to attend private schools, according to court news tracking website Bar & Bench. Justice B Veerappa said, ‘If there is no humanity in the people sitting on the chairs, then all this is a problem. There should be humanity in them. Their children never go to government schools… We will not tolerate this kind of stepmotherly attitude towards children.

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