‘MPs, MLAs should send their wards to govt schools’
Politicians and intellectuals, cutting across ideological affiliations, on Sunday, hailed the Allahabad high court order asking members of Parliament (MPs), members of legislative assemblies (MLAs) and all government employees in Uttar Pradesh to admit their wards in government schools.punjab Updated: Sep 05, 2016 13:55 IST
Politicians and intellectuals, cutting across ideological affiliations, on Sunday, hailed the Allahabad high court order asking members of Parliament (MPs), members of legislative assemblies (MLAs) and all government employees in Uttar Pradesh to admit their wards in government schools.
At a seminar, ‘Right to Equality in Access to Education: An Interaction in Context of Allahabad High Court judgment’, here, they also acknowledged the unique signature campaign in Punjab that has crossed the 1.5-lakh mark for a similar direction in the state.
The Punjab government needed to respond to this campaign as the state was suffering a severe degradation in the education system, the speakers said.
Senior journalist Kanwar Sandhu, head of the AAP’s manifesto panel, and former finance minister Manpreet Badal from the Congress, questioned the political will of governments in implementing such judicial verdicts.
Minister skips event
Punjab education minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema skipped the event at the last minute after giving his consent to participate.
The key speakers missed the minister’s presence, saying that his presence would have found the answers to many questions related to the government’s will and efforts in improving the state’s education standards and its standing on the court’s judgment.
The BJP’s state secretary Subhash Sharma appreciated the initiative to bring a diverse range of views and approaches to the table.
Academician-activist Dr Pyare Lal Garg said the continuous downfall in the public sector school education learning outcomes had little impact on governance and administration since those, who study in these schools have already been marginalised and have little access to power levers.
Leading economist Dr Sucha Singh Gill regretted how the government schools have been reduced to facilities meant only for wards of Dalits. “Caste has cleverly entered the education system and the caste lines drawn at the level of schooling pose a clear threat to any society”.