Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri has called for drastic changes in the education system, with a stress on values, to check the incidents of sexual violence against women.
The present system of education was framed by the British to suit their employment needs, but it failed to teach students the important values that were integral to Indian culture, he said, blaming it for the ills of society today.
Mr. Kageri was speaking after inaugurating the three-day State-level 12th Pratibha Karanji cultural festival for high school students on the outskirts of Gulbarga on Tuesday. The Minister advised parents to identify and encourage the talent in their children, without forcing their own choices on their wards. “We should not make the mistake of making our children money-earning machines without imbibing values,” he added. More than 2,000 students from 34 education districts participated in 25 individual and six group competitions at the festival. Animal Husbandry Minister Revu Naik Belamagi and Shashil G. Namoshi, MLC, spoke.