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NPCC raps govt on text book crisis
Published on 11 Feb. 2011 12:37 AM IST
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Taking on the NPF-led DAN government over the reported text book crisis in Dimapur district leaving the students to attend schools without books, the NPCC has questioned the government’s accountability and propriety in public life. It said that a month has already been wasted with the students attending classes without text books.
NPCC media cell chairman, Dr. K. Hoshi pointed out that one could easily imagine the condition in other districts, if “such pathetic state” prevailed in Dimapur. NPCC also reminded about the case of one former education minister and his son who were embroiled in the free text book supply controversy.
It observed that frequent change of text books was one major cause for habitual delay in the production-distribution chain which also made it difficult for the teachers to decide on the syllabus before the arrival of text books.
The Congress party pointed out that the education department has been plagued with controversies such as the bogus teachers’ appointment, mid-day meal, SSA and that the implementation of RMSA was already under public scanner. It said, for all ills in the department, the students have been made to bear the brunt for no fault of theirs where the end result was nil pass percentage results in many government run schools.
Taking a dig at the decision of the DAN government to implement the Right to Education (RTE) Act from the current academic session, the NPCC said the “rush to implement RTE seems focused on availing central grant than constitutional duty.”
It said there was no doubt that RTE was a fundamental issue and constitutionally binding to implement it. However, the NPCC said one could hardly expect a tangible result other than chaos if one has to go by the question of preparedness in logistic ground work, capacity building and inadequate infrastructure.
Stating that the first salient feature of RTE enshrined free and compulsory elementary education, the Congress said that the text book shortage crisis had defeated the very objective even before its take-off.
NPCC demanded that the chief minister fix responsibility on the minister for school education and SCERT for “slackness and complacency.”
It said no responsibility has been fixed on the minister so far even after he admitted on the floor of the house that he had misused over Rs 50 lakh from grant-in-aid fund for non-intended purposes like gracing school functions as chief guest.

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