The report of the P.K. Abdul Aziz Committee, calling for total revision of the existing school curriculum and which was being used by the State government to ‘undo the achievements’ that the State accomplished through scientific curriculum revisions in the past, should be rejected completely, Leader of Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan has said.
Addressing a protest organised by the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad in front of the Secretariat here on Tuesday, Mr. Achuthanandan said the EMS government of 1957 had made education free till Class VIII and initiated steps to pay teachers directly. The 1967 government too adopted similar progressive measures. However, the right-leaning governments that came to power in later years attempted to rewrite the education policies that were working well. Such attempts were still continuing and should be resisted, he said.
The former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kerala G. Balamohan Thampy, inaugurating the protest, said the State was facing the misfortune of successive governments trying to implement different policies in the education sector.
Parishad president N.K. Sasidharan Pillai presided. T.M. Thomas Isaac, MLA, Ninan Koshy, R.V.G. Menon, P.V. Purushothaman and K. Manoharan spoke.