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Forum unveils manifesto on improving education quality

Madurai: The Tamil Nadu Science Forum (TNSF) has released a manifesto aimed at improve the quality of education in government schools by suggesting upgradation of all facilities, to ensure corruption-free higher education, to drop alleged Hindutva and Sanskritisation in the central government’s new education policy and to bring education under the state list.

Explaining the contents of the manifesto, former state president of TNSF and retired professor of Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) S Krishnaswamy said, it would be circulated to candidates of all political parties to draw their attention to issues faced by the education sector. It would also be distributed to the winning candidates.

According to the manifesto, many issues in both school and higher education remain unaddressed. For the past few years, several government schools were shut down across the state, while some achieved good students’ enrolment and improved quality of education due to the work done by dedicated teachers and community’s participation. Thus, it was necessary to improve the quality of education by upgrading all facilities including infrastructure, but was not considered by the government, the manifesto said.

It also said that education by private unaided educational institutions had been highly commercialized and students are forced to travel many km in the institutions’ vehicles. Many schools had not implemented the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act properly. Since uniform system of education (Samacheer kalvi) was implemented in the state, it was necessary to form a single board of education system by dissolving the existing different boards including SSLC and matric. As far as higher education was concerned, the manifesto emphasised to ensure corruption-free appointments for posts including assistant professors and vice-chancellors of universities. Different bodies like syndicate, senate and academic council should have students’ representatives, it said.

Hindutva ideology, Sanskritisation and opening of public-private partnership schools were the dangers of education system, which should not be placed in the new education policy of the central government. Besides, education should be brought back to the state list from the concurrent list, the manifesto added.


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