Kageri says he is ready for open debate on merger of schools
Vishweshwara Hedge Kageri, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, has said that the Government was fully committed to ensuring every child got education.
Merger of schools
He went on to say that the Government had no intention to closing down any school but was only merging schools with less than five students on the rolls with nearby schools. The Minister added that the Government would support those who come forward with a request to open a school.
However, the Department of Education had taken steps to merge schools with student strength of five, with nearby ones.
He alleged that a few politically motivated people were opposed to the idea of merging government schools, and that he was prepared for an open debate on the issue.
Quality of education
According to the Minister, the quality of education and facilities in government schools were now much better than before.
Mr. Kageri was speaking after inaugurating a ‘smart board' at the government high school no.14 in Vadgaon in Belgaum on Monday. To support his argument that the government schools had been provided with all amenities, he said that the Government was not only providing textbooks free of cost but also midday meals to students. Besides, every school was now equipped with drinking water supply facility and other basic infrastructure for the convenience of the students.
Interests of students
Abhay Patil, MLA, who presided over the function, pointed out that the present-day children were keen on using modern technologies and showing interest in learning to operate computers and other modern electronic gadgets.
Mr. Abhay Patil announced that all government schools in the Belgaum South Assembly constituency, which he represents, will be provided with desks before the beginning of the next academic year.
He said he was also considering the idea of sending one best teacher from every Kannada and Marathi medium school in his constituency to a foreign country from the next year to study the school education system there. On their return, they could use their knowledge and experience they gain during their tour to the foreign country to improve the standard of education in their respective schools.
Deputy Director of Public Instruction G.H. Veeranna was among those present.