KERALA

New unaided schools only after study

Staff Reporter

PALAKKAD: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has said that unaided schools will be allowed in the State in future only after conducting survey and studies as it adversely affected public education system and even the existence of Government schools.

Inaugurating the valedictory function of the Silver jJbilee celebrations of the Vakkadappuram Government L.P. School at Cherpulassery on Sunday, the Chief Minister said more than 10,000 students left the Government schools to join unaided English medium schools last year.

The proliferation of unaided schools during the period of the previous United Democratic Front (UDF) Government was the result of sanctioning them without any criteria and study.

Not only the rich but also the economically backward sections of society were influenced by these private schools. Their children were sent to these schools though they were unable to afford the cost of education in these institutions. This resulted in creating unhealthy trends in the education sector.

There was also a tendency to keep away the students from the social movements, the Chief Minister said.

The meeting was presided over by N.N. Krishnadas, MP, and addressed by K.S. Saleekha, MLA.