'Govt has failed to deliver on education front'

Former primary education minister Vishweshwara Kageri said that the reputation of Department of Education would take a beating, if issues plagueing it were not sorted at the earliest.

Speaking on the sidelines of a discussion on professional education, organised by the BJP-Yuva Morcha in the City on Wednesday, Kageri said that the education department had to be creative in its approach.

“Siddaramaiah-led government has not introduced anything new,” he said and added that there were unkept promises by the Congress. “Notebooks that were to be given are pending. Moreover, II PU textbooks also are yet to be supplied,” Kageri said.

Kageri held the view that the senior counsel was changed at the last moment, which resulted in problem in the Supreme Court when the language policy issue was raised.
He further added that the 2006 Act had to be implemented and it was necessary to make minor changes in the same.

“It is an effective act and needs to be put into place. However, considering the present scenario, minor amendments would be necessary,” he said.

He also said that they would take up with the Central government the Supreme Court orders regarding the Common Entrance Test.

Experts said in unison that there was a need for a single entrance exam. “How can we expect a student to take 20 different exams at a time. It will take a heavy toll on the students. Instead, they can take one common exam,” said Reddy, a former CET board member.

C T Ravi, BJP legislator, said: “Even as we see various incidents such as paper leak and other flaws in the CET system, it is still one of the most considered options. Many students depend on this. Thus, there needs to be more clarity,” he said.

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