People’s Democratic Foundation members led by Chukka Ramaiah stage walkout from Council
HYDERABAD: Six People’s Democratic Front members representing graduates and teachers constituencies staged a walkout from the Legislative Council on Friday, protesting against the signing of memoranda of understanding with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to run Government schools in some districts.
Led by Chukka Ramaiah (Ind), the members accused the Government of preparing the ground to handover schools to private organisations.
School Education Minister Damodar Raj Narasimha replying to a question by K. Nageswar (Ind) and others, said Government entered into MoUs with NGOs such as Azim Premji Foundation, Alpha Foundation and Lions Club International to improve the quality of education and for maintenance of additional infrastructural facilities.
Rs. 2 cr. sanctioned
He said while there was no financial implication for the State Government in respect of MoUs with two NGOs, it had sanctioned Rs. 2 crore to Azim Premji Foundation for a randomised evaluation study on primary education to improve learning outcomes in Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, Kadapa, Medak and Nizamabad districts. This sparked off protests from the MLCs representing Teachers constituencies. V. Balasubramanyam B. Mohan Reddy, K. Sudhakar Reddy, D. Rami Reddy (all independents) questioned the Government’s motive in allowing the NGO’s to maintain the Government schools. J. Prabhakar Rao and Mallu Bhattivikramarka (both Cong.) wanted reservations for Dalit students in private and corporate schools.
Notwithstanding the Minister’s assurance that no attempt was being made to hand over Government schools to the NGO’s, the PDF members led by Mr. Ramaiah staged a walkout.