State had achieved much of the targets set by the Centre in education sector: Minister

KOTTAYAM: Education Minister M.A. Baby has said that the State government has submitted an alternative proposal to a public-private participation model being finalised by the Union government for expansion and growth of education in the country.

Inaugurating the State council meeting of the Kerala Non-Teaching Employees’ Organisation on the concluding day of its State conference here on Sunday, Mr. Baby said the Union government had forwarded a proposal which envisaged an active role for the private sector in educational projects. Under it, the new projects could be jointly taken up by the private sector and the Union and the State governments. Since the ground realities in the educational sector in the State differed much from the national scene, the State government made the alternative proposal.

Under that proposal, the role of the private sector, envisaged by the Centre, would be taken up by the cooperative sector, government-controlled educational institutions, such as the Institute of Human Resources Development, and the Panchayat Raj institutions.

Mr. Baby said the State had achieved much of the targets set by the Centre in the education sector. “The State is almost 70 per cent ahead of the targets set by the Central government authorities,” he said. Against such a reality, the involvement of the private sector would only make things complex in the education sector in the State, he said, referring to the problems being faced by the institutions in the self-financing stream.

The Minister said the State government would bring in legislation for extending the benefit of job reservation for dependants of those who died in harness in aided colleges. The legislation for appointing non-teaching staff in these colleges, on the basis of need for courses sanctioned in 1998, would be brought in the next Assembly session. The government had already sanctioned vacancies of teaching staff.

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