28th April 2013 08:13 AM
Rajya Sabha MP and CPM leader Seetaram Yechury called upon the teachers to build a movement for alternative education system against private education system being encouraged by the successive governments.
Addressing the 13th state conference of United Teachers Federation (UTF) here on Saturday, he said government educational institutions were recording fall in the strength of students year after year.
The government’s encouragement of private education system is vindicated in its announcement to admit 25 per cent of poor students in private schools under the Right to Education Act and assured to pay the fees of such students, which is nothing but encouraging private education sector, he observed.
Though the Parliament passed the Right to Education Act it is not being implemented effectively, he said. An agency estimated that funds to a tune of Rs 1.75 lakh crore is needed for implementation of RTE Act for a period of 5 years and thus both the Union and state governments were going back citing fund crunch, he said.
Speaking on the occasion, MLC K Nageswar observed that lack of infrastructure, insufficient number of teachers are diluting the concept of government schools. After bringing out the RTE Act, the government is going on closing the government schools instead of strengthening the government educational institutes.
Taking a serious note of the state government’s decision to close down 3,000 government schools in the state, he said government schools would become history if the situation continues like this.
The three-day UTF state conference started on a jubilant note at Sri Venkateswara Tarakarama Grounds. Several public representatives and teachers in large numbers from all over the state attended the programme.