Aditya Thackeray, son of Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray, on Friday pitched for education reforms in Maharashtra. He said he wanted to get all the stakeholders in the field of education on a common platform for brainstorming in order to drastically change the system.
Addressing his first press conference over the Best-Five formula, Aditya, a third year arts student of history, said the Sena would prefer the Best Five system to stay for this year, so that students do not face further problems at this stage.
“The government is playing with the careers of 13 lakh students and doesn’t seem to be serious about the issue. Today, the state was not prepared in the court, which led to further delay in admissions,” he said.
Asked about Sena’s stand on the issue, Aditya said: “Whatever happens, the Sena will be with the students. Maharashtra does not have a full-time education and agriculture minister and both these sectors are seeing suicides. The government should first appoint a full-time education minister.”
“The government has been playing with the students’ careers for the past three years, first it was percentile, and next it was online admissions and now Best-Five,” he added.
“I don’t understand why the state does this at the start of academic years. They should ideally start policies from the next academic year and give a gestation period to a new policy.”
He said the Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena, the students’ wing of Sena, would try and get stakeholders from the field of education, including students, parents, experts and the education minister for a session on education reforms in the state.