Staff Reporter

KOTTAYAM: The Left Democratic Front (LDF) coalition partner Kerala Congress (Joseph) has called for immediate steps to resolve the snowballing crisis in the education sector and asked the Government and the LDF to take the initiative to convene talks with the stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the crisis.

Talking to mediapersons here on Tuesday, Mons Joseph, MLA, and Scaria Thomas, party vice-chairman, said the party did not agree with the move to find a solution to the issues involved through a protracted legal battle, which would work against the interests of thousands of students.

Instead, what was needed was constructive and practical dialogues that would put an end to the anxiety and apprehensions of the students and parents. They pointed out that the LDF had decided to hold talks under the leadership of the Chief Minister. However, so far, nothing of the sort had taken place.

‘Form sub-committee’

In the light of the failure of the talks held so far, steps should be initiated to set up an LDF sub-committee under the leadership of the Chief Minister to hold talks to find a lasting solution through consensus, they said.

According to them, the party also has taken the stance that the Report of the C.P. Nair Committee on revision of Kerala Educational Rules (KER) should be implemented only after detailed discussions among all concerned and after effecting necessary amendments, if necessary.

The Kerala Congress leaders also wanted the Government to take steps to alleviate the grievances expressed by the minority communities in connection with the administration of educational institutions and said such criticism should be viewed in all its seriousness.

Apprehension

The LDF has always been in the forefront of the fight for protecting the rights of the minorities.

However, the recent developments connected with the administration of educational institutions, intervention of the local bodies in the running of educational institutions in the aided sector, and statements and observations being made by various quarters against the priests and Heads of Churches, etc., have caused anguish and apprehension among the community.

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