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Tripura CM flays edn policy
Published on 22 Sep. 2009 11:22 PM IST
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Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has called upon the teacher community to come out with an alternative against the new Education Act of 2009, as, according to him, it would curtail the educational rights of the middle classes and poor sections of the country. According to a UNI report, addressing a seminar yesterday, on ‘Education for all’ in light of the new Act, Sarkar asked the teachers and academicians to initiate action against the Act, which is allegedly facilitating better education facilities for a particular section of the society. Sarkar said the new Act would make education compulsory only for children in the age group of 6-14 years, clearly excluding and violating the rights of those below six years and 14 to 18-year-olds. He also pointed out that the implementation of the new Education Act would lead to an increase in liabilities on the states while the Centre would have fewer liabilities, which would create problems for poor sates like Tripura. “The Left parties had already objected to the increase in our liabilities; moreover, the proposed student-teacher ratio in the act is that there must be one teacher for every 40 students and this is possible in urban areas, but it cannot be implemented in rural and hilly areas,’’ Sarkar underlined. The Chief Minister expressed concern over the casual attitude, irregular presence and tendency of avoiding classes by a section of teachers in the state. Sarkar also cautioned that the state government had been monitoring the performance of each and every teacher.

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