Bombay: The Maharashtra Unit of Congress on Thursday called on Chief Minister Eknath Shinde to end the “sinful” decision to close some 14,000 schools, reportedly due to low student enrolment.
State Congresswoman Nana Patole said the majority of these targeted schools are located in rural, remote, backward or tribal areas of the state where there are no other educational options available to them. poor children.
“These are children of farmers, of workers, of ordinary families who have sent their children to be educated in these schools run by the districts. If these schools are closed, then these people from the poor strata will be totally deprived of education. It will be like a sin,” he told Shinde.
Patole highlighted how Maharashtra is at the forefront of providing quality education at the highest levels, and where primary education forms the foundation of good academic training for thousands of students .
“In 2009, the Right to Education Act was passed by the Congressional Center government, which provides free and compulsory education for all children between the ages of 6 and 14, with admission to the most close. The 25 percent reservations for economically weaker sections in private educational institutions are also applicable under the law. The state government has a duty to ensure that all children receive a proper education,” he said.
Referring to an alleged decision to close around 14,000 schools where enrolment/attendance figures range from 0 to 20, the Congress leader said it would completely deprive children in rural, tribal and backward areas of education, and that they would have to travel far to go to school.
Hailing the glorious heritage of the state, he said that many social reformers like Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Savitribai Phule, Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj, Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil and others had opened the doors of schools for the ‘Bahujan community’ in every town.
“The Congress has taken the message to spread education to the most remote areas. On the contrary, the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Gujarat is closing 6,000 schools and now plans to close 14,000 schools in Maharashtra. This will deprive Bahujans of the possibility of learning and progressing in life,” warned Patole.