Flawed Pol­icy

India Today - - MAIL - MAN­JULA PAL, Delhi

UPA’S in­ten­tion to pro­vide good ed­u­ca­tion to all, in­clud­ing the un­der­priv­i­leged, is no­ble, but the method­ol­ogy to im­ple­ment the pro­gramme is flawed (“State Kills The Class­room”, April 30). Putting bur­den on just 7 per cent un­aided pri­vate schools for ac­com­mo­dat­ing 25 per cent poor chil­dren is ridicu­lous. As the au­thor rightly points out, the Gov­ern­ment should in­stead con­cen­trate on gov­ern­ment- run schools which do not have enough teach­ers.

AROONAVA, Kolkata The story misses the ac­tual point. Ed­u­ca­tion, as a sub­ject, comes un­der the Con­cur­rent list and so state fi­nances are needed. Un­for­tu­nately, all our states and the Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment, too, are bank­rupt. Where will the money to pay teacher salaries come from? We have made a mess of the 5th and 6th Pay Com­mis­sion re­ports. If In­dia is se­ri­ous about univer­sal ed­u­ca­tion, the Gov­ern­ment must frame the nec­es­sary out­line for the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor. Funds can be found im­me­di­ately by scrap­ping the pro­posed food sub­sidy which is prov­ing to be re­dun­dant. The cor­rup­tion-rid­den Na­tional Ru­ral Em­ploy­ment Guar­an­tee Scheme must be wound up with­out fur­ther ado.

J. AK­SHOB­HYA, Ban­ga­lore

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