Thursday, February 13, 2014

25 government primary schools shut down from 2012: CM

25 government primary schools shut down from 2012: CM


PANAJI: Twenty-five government primary schools in the state have shut down since March 2012, according to a reply tabled in the recently concluded assembly session by education minister Manohar Parrikar. Parrikar, responding to another query, has admitted that fewer children are opting for government owned schools over the privately managed.

"It is a fact that less children opt for government owned schools with majority opting for privately managed or government aided schools. The curriculum in government and government aided schools is the same. Regarding admissions, the parents have the liberty to admit their children to the school of their choice," the reply to MLA Mauvin Godinho's question stated.

The number of government primary schools with less than 15 students has been steadily increasing over the last few years in Goa. While such schools stood at 172 in 2008, 210 schools were reported to have low enrolments in 2009. This number went up to 253 in June 2010. This eventually forces many of such schools to shut down.

Since Parrikar government assumed power, three government primary schools that had previously been closed have been handed over to private managements to run primary schools in Konkani and Marathi medium.

Government primary school, Pomburpa is now being run by Prabodhan education society, government primary school, Dandoswada-Mandrem by Swara Gandha and government primary school, Galgibaga-Canacona by Shradhanand Dnyanprasarak Mandal.

While government primary schools are struggling to find enrolment, the state government's scheme to promote Konkani and Marathi as the medium of instruction at the primary school level has allowed nine new primary schools run by private managements to open with government aid across Goa during the academic year 2013-14.

Four Konkani and five Marathi medium aided schools have opened in Corlim, Verna, Talauli, Chimbel, Agonda, Khola, Honda, Benualim and Khandola. Norms for these schools were relaxed for the supposed promotion of primary education in the mother tongue.

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