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State urged to spend more on education

Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State government should step up its expenditure on education, setting apart 30 per cent of the State budget, and take concrete measures to improve the quality of publicly funded education through updating the curriculum and modernising infrastructure, both human and physical, said a three-day international seminar on “Democratic and secular education: Kerala experience,” which concluded here on Saturday. This call is contained in the “Thiruvananthapuram Declaration on Secular and Democratic Education,” adopted by the seminar in its valedictory function on Saturday evening. Education Minister M.A. Baby read out the declaration.

The government should enforce greater social control on private initiatives in education through regulatory steps by redefining educational activities of private agencies as being complementary to those of the State.

Central legislation

“The Central government should be prevailed upon to enact Central legislation empowering the States to regulate private unaided institutions in higher and technical education and to define minority rights in education in accordance with the constitutional principles of equality and secularism so as to effectively intervene against the misuse of minority rights by dominant minorities within religions and linguistic minority communities,” the declaration said.