‘Draft New Education Policy (DNEP) 2019 emphasises more on privatisation’
All India Students Federation, Manipur State Council (AISF/MSC) while observing its 83rd Foundation Day at Irawat Bhavan today, alleged the state government of not showing concern regarding the death of Babysana.
President of AISF, MSC L Bibekson stated that the state government should take the matter very seriously. It should know that there is nothing more precious than the life of a student, he said.
He appealed to the government to establish the facts behind the death of Babysana and publicly revealed the truth so that public anger can be calmed and the case will be resolved. He further stated that AISF, MSC will stand for delivering justice for Babysana, and extend possible support to the movement of the public and JAC in this connection.
Speaking as one of the presidium members of the function, secretary of Communist Party of India, state unit, L. Sotinkumar Singh stated that AISF was formed in 1936 this day at Lucknow by Leftist leaders to join the movement of liberating India form the British rule and to practice scientific socialism for a balance society after the India was liberated from the British rule.
Around 1968, All India Students Federation Manipur State Council under the leadership of Hijam Irabot was also formed where agitations demanding statehood for Manipur and inclusion of Manipuri dialect in the 8th schedule, a full-fledged university, agricultural university and engineering college was initiated even at that time, he narrated.
Later, All India Students Federation, Manipur State Council merged along with All Manipur Students Union, (AMSU) and collectively took up different issues in the state, he added.
Stating that the aim of the present government is privatisation of educational institutions thereby neglecting government institutions, Sotin also said that such step from the government is a factor for the rapid growth of school fees in the private educational institutions.
While noting that privatisation of educational institutions is a factor in creating unwanted incidents in the institutions, he also appealed the executives and members of AISF to check such increase in education fees and other activities of the school.
Speaking on the Draft New Education Policy (DNEP) 2019, assistant secretary, MSC/CPI, Kh. Surchand Singh said that the new education policy which was put to public domain since July 1 till July 31, emphasised more on the privatisation/corporatisation, centralisation and imposition of Hindu religious mythology and Hindi thereby omitting the history of Indian freedom struggle and curtailing the space for scientific temperament to the students of the present generation.
He further pointed out that DNEP 2019 lays special emphasis on the structural reformation of the country’s education thereby incorporating certain strategies which will instil Hindutva ideologies/philosophies to the present generation and future generations.
Under the proposed new National education policy, the decentralised structure of present Indian education system is being centralised and tried to put under the control of some agents or leaders of BJP.
Alleging that DNEP is similarly designed to the framework of some educational institutions which are run by corporate houses, Surchand further maintained that the said education policy gives thrust on private investment and supports neo-liberalism and communalism.
Observing that the consultation period of the DNEP was shortly given from July 1 to July 31 this year which should be done for longer stint, he also informed that Left Parties, including CPI as well as Trinamool Congress and Aam Aadmi Party opposed the new education policy.
He also conveyed that CPI had already pointed out the lapses in DNEP and submitted an alternative draft to the authorities concerned on July 21.
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