Privatisation of education opposed


He was speaking after inaugurating a conference on ‘Privatisation and Commersialisation of Education,’  as part of Republic Day celebrations organised by Samajika Parivartana Janandolana in Chikkaballapur on Tuesday.

He said the children aged between 6 and 14 have the right to education; however, the children below six years of age remain outside purview of this Constitutional privilege. As a result 16 crore children have been deprived of the education.

He also objected to the policy of 25 per cent quota for the children of the backward classes in the private schools terming it a conspiracy to lure the government school students and close down the government schools altogether in future. He substantiated his argument stating that earlier there were 53,000 government schools and now the number has come down to 43,000.

Samajika Parivarthana Andolana State convenor Y Mariswamy said, as per the Persons with Disability Act 1995, the physically handicapped children should be given opportunity to study along with other children in the schools.

But certain laws on education, which is as old as the British rule, has maintained that these children should be given education in separate school. As a result the disabled children always remain at the margin of the mainstream society, he alleged.
He also objected to policy of 25 per cent reservation in the private schools on a different ground. He said that nearly 25 per cent of the dalit children have to compete with 75 per cent of the children from other classes and castes. This will force the dalit children develop inferiority complex and may even drop out, he argued.

He pointed out that the existing laws don’t specify clearly how resources should be mobilised to implement them and what are the roles of State and the Union governments in this connection.

These laws also deprive the citizens of their privilege to move the court against the violation of fundamental rights.

Dalit Sangharsha Samiti district unit convenor K C Rajakant, leaders Bagepalli Dr Chinnakaivaramayya, Chintamani Prof Muniraju and others spoke on the occasion. DSS(Ambedkar) district unit convenor Sudha Venkatesh, Raita Sangha and Hasiru Sene President Narasimhappa were present on the occasion.

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