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Alliance to strive for revamping education system in the State

Wednesday 8 February 2006

Special Correspondent

It aims at making education affordable to poor and downtrodden

"Education for all" is only on paper Current educational system is oriented towards upper middle class and rich people

CHENNAI: Socially conscious groups and individuals with concern for the welfare, development and education of children and youth in Tamil Nadu have formed an Alliance for Education.

It will work for revamping the education system in the State and make it affordable to students, especially to the poor and the downtrodden.

Alliance convener V. Vasanthi Devi told reporters here on Tuesday that it was unfortunate that parties and successive governments were giving the least priority to education. "Education for all" was only on paper.

While the Kothari Commission had prescribed 6 per cent of the GDP as allocation for education, National Policy of Education, 1986, committed an outlay in excess of six per cent of the national income for education. But it never reached anywhere near the proposed allotment.

Ms. Vasanthi Devi said though Tamil Nadu might boast of 98 per cent enrolment in class I and of providing schools at a distance of one km from most habitations, a chunk of students either dropped out or were pushed out of schools before they reached middle school.

A major factor for the dropout was the current educational system, which was oriented towards upper middle class and rich people in urban areas. The existing multi-board systems in the State were "disadvantageous" to a majority of the students.

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