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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

A call for better Education - 23.07.2006, Marina Beach


Even kids came...

People from all walks of life...


As Published in the New Indian Express

Around 150 members of the Youth for Equality(Chennai Chapter) along with students, working professionals and senior citizens, formed a human chain urging the government to provide quality primary school education and a caste-free society on the Marina on Sunday.

The human chain, which was a part of a nation-wide protest by the members of the Youth for Equality, was held to create awareness about the state of our educational system and to protest against the inability of the government to provide quality school education.

‘‘Statistics say that nearly 8.1 percent of primary schools in India have no classrooms, while 17.5 percent have only one teacher. Almost 73 percent of the schools do not have clean drinking water, while many others lack even basic infrastructure like electricity. In reality, the situation is worse,’’ said Dr Prahalathan, a member.

Adding that the government had pledged in its Common Minimum Programme to increase public expenditure on education to 6 percent of the GDP, he said, ‘‘the recent years have witnessed a steady decline in the educational spending from four percent of GDP in 2001-2002 to 3.8 percent in 2002-2004 and 3.5 percent in 2004-2005.’’

‘‘A survey of 48 randomly selected villages in Himachal Pradesh in 1996 found that 97 percent of the children aged between 6 and 12 were going to school. And the per capita expenditure on education in Himachal Pradesh is twice as high as the all-India average. The number of teachers per pupils is also twice as high,’’ said Vivek, convener, Youth for Equality.

The group, which is holding demonstrations simultaneously in many States, is also completing its bus yatra from Mumbai to Delhi on Monday. ‘‘This covers all the nine states and we are hoping this will reach more people,’’ Vivek added.

The group is also planning to adopt slums in the city with the help of NGOs to spread education. ‘‘We are trying to work the funding as we want to reach out to the people right below. Every chapter will try and adopt its own method to reach out,’’ said Krishna Rao, another member. (LinkPosted by Picasa

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