How to make Karnataka court allows schools 

BENGALURU: The Karnataka high court has set aside two orders issued by the education department in year 2021 mandating the implementation of fire safety measures in schools.


Allowing a petition filed by Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka (KAMS) recently, Justice ES Indiresh has pointed out that the Supreme Court has observed that schools should adopt all safety measures in school buildings.

Karnataka high court allows schools 


“I am of the view that the notification dated July 15, 2021 and the endorsement dated November
2, 2021, does not survive for consideration as
the respondent-authorities have not taken steps in terms of the observation made by the Supreme Court,” he has said.


While quashing the July 15, 2021 order, the judge has noted the government’s submission that in a new notification issued on June 6, 2022,

it has sought to implement the Supreme Court’s order in letter and spirit.

The July 15, 2021 order issued by the Commissioner for Public Instruction

“makes a distinction with regard to newly established schools and the old schools.

Other circulars issued the government have directed

the schools to obtain NOC from competent authorities seeking renewal of the recognition/approval annually,”

the judge has observed. The impugned July 15, 2021 notification had rejected KAMS request to withdraw a November 10, 2020 order,

which had made it mandatory for schools to seek fire safety approvals at the time of expanding their operations.


Justice Indiresh has further pointed out that the notification dated November 10, 2020 regarding the fire safety norms for schools was issued in violation of Supreme Court’s guidelines.


The petitioners claimed that the impugned order required

them to leave one-third space in front of respective school buildings and install fire

extinguisher equipment and a lot more that entailed huge expenditure which they could not afford in the backdrop of the financial losses due to Covid-19.

“I am of the view that the notification dated July 15, 2021 and the endorsement dated November 2, 2021, does not survive for consideration as the respondent-

authorities have not taken steps in terms of the observation made the Supreme Court,” he has said.

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