Flaying the governments unique the Right to Education (RTE) Act awareness campaign which will be launched on November 11, non-Congress ruled states are calling it a "politically-motivated" move.
The HRD ministry has decided to mail a letter from the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to over 13 lakh elementary schools across the country to generate awareness about the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
Called 'Shiksha ka Haq' (Right To Education), the awareness drive is intended to encourage children, their parents and the 60 lakh teachers in the elementary sector to make extra efforts to realise the right to education.
The HRD ministry wants to make all schools RTE compliant by March 2013, a daunting task considering the funds constraints and huge shortage of teachers in schools.
However, the non-Congress ruled states are not enthused about the campaign and describe the PM's letter as politically-motivated move. "School education is a state subject. But, we were not consulted before taking a decision," said Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, during the National Development Council meeting. He would write to school children of his state on importance of education and efforts taken by the state government to promote school education.
Gujarat, another BJP ruled states, has also decided that the state chief minister Narendra Modi would be sending a letter addressed to children on occasion of children's day. "Education cannot be used for politics," a state government official said, reiterating that the HRD ministry cannot take a unilateral decision.
Punjab, which is going to polls early next year, has also told the HRD ministry that the state chief minister Prakash Singh Badal will also be sending his message to school children.
Sources said other non-Congress ruled states may also follow suit.
To have maximum impact, the HRD ministry had decided to mail the PM's speeches in regional languages of the school going students. A decision in this regard was announced at a recent meeting of state education ministers with HRD minister Kapil Sibal to create awareness about RTE.
It would mean that the head masters in non-Congress rule states would have to read two messages during the morning assembly on the Education Day.