New Delhi | Advocating more autonomy to schools, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal today said that his party will abolish the ‘inspector-raj’ in education system if voted to power in Delhi. The teachers in government schools have been reduced to clerks. They have to make reports asked by education department, they are posted on election duties and much more.
The principals do not have any autonomy, the inspector-raj in the education system needs to be abolished, Kejriwal said in his address at ‘InspirED education conference’ at St Stephen’s College. Asserting that education and health are the key agendas of AAP for the upcoming polls in Delhi, Kejriwal said his party has an outline ready for next five years, if they are voted to power.
If we form the government, we plan to put an end to the ‘inspector-raj’ in education system. Principals will be given autonomy and their accountability will increase too. The focus of investments will be on training of teachers and money will not be a constraint, he said. The former Delhi Chief Minister said certain vested interests have contributed to degradation of education level in government schools. Rs 48,500 crore black money is given every year as donation in private schools in India.
Many private schools are owned by politicians and powerful people. These vested interests have led to degradation of level of education in government schools, he alleged. Kejriwal said that the practice of contractual appointments of teachers needs to be stopped too. There is a huge difference between the kind of education offered in government schools and private schools.
We are not against private schools but we are committed to improving the working conditions of teachers. We are short of teachers then why hire them on contractual basis?, he said. We will improve the education level in government schools to a level that well-off people will voluntarily send their students to study there rather than private schools, he added.
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