IMPHAL: The State Secretariat of the CPI (M) has strongly denounced the decisions of the Union Cabinet to unilaterally impose a New Education Policy and rename the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
In a press statement issued by state secretary Ksh Santa, it was stated that education is in the Concurrent List in our Constitution. It is a gross violation by the Central government to impose a New Education Policy unilaterally, bypassing all the objections and opposition recorded by various state governments. The state governments have every right to frame their own syllabus with the inclusion of the socio-cultural and political movements prevailing in the state or region, it claimed.
According to the CPI (M), a new policy of such a nature needs to be discussed in the Parliament. This was assured by the government earlier. The draft is, as per norm, placed on the table of the Houses with a statutory time limit within which Members of Parliament can move amendments/give opinions. The Parliament has been completely bypassed this time, it complained.
The draft of New Education Policy was put out in the public domain seeking suggestions and opinions from all stakeholders, mainly the academia, the teaching community and the students. In addition, many intellectuals had also sent in their observations. None of these have been considered by the central government. This unilateral drive is to destroy the Indian education system with a policy that seeks greater centralization, communalization and commercialization of Indian education to suit the saffron brigade, the CPI (M) note added.
The Manipur State Secretariat of the CPI (M) said it strongly protest this move by the BJP led Central government and demanded that a thorough discussion in Indian Parliament be held and state level discussion be organised in Manipur by the state government before implementation begins, in the interest of the people and the nation in general and quality education in particular.