Staff Reporter

KOLLAM: The 52nd State conference of the Association of Kerala Government College Teachers (AKGCT), which concluded here on Wednesday, called for the immediate withdrawal of the Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill 2010.

A resolution passed by the conference said the Bill will make the education sector subservient to colonial forces. The Bill does stipulate any control on the curriculum or syllabus. This can harm the cultural heritage of the country and even put national security in danger, it said.

Anti-people policies

The United Progressive Alliance government had been implementing anti-people policies in the education sector. This includes the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions Amendment Bill. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act offered nothing for the State Kerala. The stakeholders are not being consulted, the resolution said.

College teachers were yet to get the benefits of the sixth pay revision notified by the University Grants Commission. The revision is to be effected with effect from January 2006. But since the Centre is not allocating the 80 per cent grant for the purpose to set off the additional financial liability of the State, the meeting said.

The conference elected V.N. Chandramohan (Maharaja's College, Ernakulam) as the president of the association and K. Jayakumar (Government Women's College, Thiruvanathapuram) as general secretary. The other office-bearers are K. Ramachandran and P. Omana (vice-presidents); G. Rajeev, K.G. Ramadasan, Abdul Aziz Koroth and T.N. Ravi (secretaries) and S. Sudarsanan Pillai (treasurer).