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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Divest Luizinho of education portfolio

Lambasting the state government for recent “blunders” in the education field, Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar demanded that Education Minister Luizinho Faleiro be stripped of education portfolio.
Making scathing remarks against Faleiro, he said, BJP will not put up with “erroneous decisions” of the education minister “which will affect future of the coming generation”.
While focal point of Parrikar’s critisizm of Faleiro was about English texts introduced for Ist standard Marathi and Konkani schools (introduced this year) and late arrival of text books, he was also critical about other decisions of the educations minister.
He said, chapters of English texts of standard I and III of vernacular schools are tough for students who are beginning to learn English. Lessons are so complicated that even 400 teachers of primary schools will have difficulty in following those lessons.
He said, NCERT books are good, in response to a question if he is against introduction of NCERT syllabus in the State.
He is not against NCERT books but English text for standard I and III of Marathi and English schools as not suitable. Complicated English text books for Marathi and Konkani primary schools will hamper student’s interest, but said, BJP will not let it happen.
Amendment: Parrikar charged that Government’s decision to do away with mandatory requirement of maintaining one kilometer distance between two schools has ulterior motive.
The changes in Goa Daman and Diu Education Act were effected to favour one particular school in Chief Minister Pratapsing Rane’s constituency, he alleged adding that Poriem Bhumika School was granted permission even as another primary school exist within the radius of one kilometer. The school was illegally granted permission last year, he further alleged.
He said, Sarva Shiksha Abiyan which government talks so much about, require student be made to study in his mother tongue. Instead, the government is promoting English medium schools, he said.

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