Staff Reporter

Government should not meddle with the system: Chief Minister

  • Kumaraswamy reiterates opposition to sex education in schools
  • `Simply copying the policy of others is not right'
  • Bangalore: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Monday advocated that the Government should stop meddling with the education system and instead entrust it to experts in the field.

    This was the content of his speech read out by Health and Family Welfare Minister R. Ashok after inaugurating the `Science for Children Gallery' at the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, here.

    "The Government was not at all capable of handling completely all the aspects and processes involved in formulating the educational system and methodology suited to the needs of the students," the Chief Minister said.

    Mr. Kumaraswamy said that at times the Government had damaged the system when it went ahead in formulating the system or methodology than helping students.

    Reiterating his opposition to introducing sex education at the school level, he said that the Union Government was facing problems as it was planning to implement it in a crude manner.

    "Our education experts have observed how such an arrangement was working against the Indian tradition," the Chief Minister pointed out.

    He said, "Our tradition wanted our children to be moulded with character, good behaviour and ideals. Many American children, who were imparted sex education at the school level had not reached the level of higher education. On the other hand, the children, who were taught in the Indian background had made great strides in higher education. It is a fact which should be cited here."

    The educational policy developed by the Americans, Mr. Kumaraswamy said, might suit the culture of that country. But, it would be stupid to implement it in India in toto under the camouflage of modern education and child psychology.

    Echoing the opinion of the Chief Minister, Mr. Ashok expressed displeasure that the interest for basic sciences was coming down.

    He released the brochure on the gallery.

    Ingit Mukherji, Director-General of the National Council of Science Museums, spoke. K. Vasudeva Bhatta, Director, VITM, welcomed the gathering.

    K.A. Sadhana, Curator (Electronics), who designed and developed the gallery, spoke.