Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Provide free, quality education to all : Lok Satta

Cautioning the Andhra Pradesh Government against extending reservations in educational institutions and Government jobs beyond the present 50 per cent limit, the Lok Satta party today said it should instead provide free and quality education to all irrespective of caste, religion or financial status upto 12th standard.

The party's Working Committee, chaired by party President Jayaprakash Narayan, alleged that the state government was trying to gain political mileage ahead of the elections by dangling the carrot of more reservations for various communities.

"The Government would have to squarely shoulder the responsibility for any untoward events if it went ahead with its foolish move," it said.

Pointing out that there was discontent even among those enjoying reservations as the benefits were cornered by a few as evident from the Mala-Madiga and Gujjar-Meena confrontations in Andhra
Pradesh and Rajasthan respectively, Dr Narayan said a solution to the reservations issue does not lay in more reservations.

The problem would fade away if the government provided free and quality education to all irrespective of their caste, religion or financial status up to the 12th standard with English and computer studies as part of the curricula and enable all the desirous and deserving to pursue higher education, including professional courses at state cost, the committee said.


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