Monday, March 25, 2013

'Give grants to 144 unaided English schools'

'Give grants to 144 unaided English schools'

TNN Mar 24, 2013, 04.22AM IST

PANAJI: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Saturday demanded grants for all English medium primary schools, including the 140 odd private unaided institutions. Chief minister Manohar Parrikar speaking in the assembly this week had said that unaided English primary schools will not get state grants and only the 130 which have shifted from regional language to English will continue to get aid.
NCP chief spokesperson Trajano D'Mello said that the CM's argument that the unaided primary schools had given an undertaking at the time of starting operations that they will not ask for state grants did not stand now as the state policy when the schools opened was not to give grants to English medium primary schools. Now that the state government is continuing grants to the 130 schools that have changed medium to English, D'Mello said that the undertaking doesn't stand with government policy altered.

"NCP wants all children to receive free education irrespective of language. And we want the state to implement the Right to Education Act in its letter and spirit, which speaks of free and compulsory education till the age of 14 years," D'Mello said.
He said that the chief minister has hoodwinked managements that had gone to the court asking for continued grants to primary schools that have shifted to English medium. D'Mello said that Parrikar now states that the government is yet to come out with a policy on medium of instruction for primary schools, indicating that the state stand of continuing grants to the 130 schools may change.
"Parrikar said that an academic authority will be formed and it has been one year since the announcement but the authority has not been formed. Imagine how long it will take to frame the policy, if it takes a year to just form the academic authority," D'Mello said.

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