Deputy C. M. Sushil Kumar Modi said on Wednesday, 28th March, 2012, that “the state was committed to achieving new heights in mass literacy drive and improvement of school and higher education, and accordingly, it has put education in its priority list. Modi, who was addressing the 17th annual function of Akshar Bihar organized jointly by the Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) and a local Hindi daily on the premises of the Indira Gandhi Planetarium here, said; that till March last year, 20.16 lakh illiterates were made literate and they also passed the examination called 'navasakshar'. In keeping with the same, the government allotted maximum Rs 15,047 crore for the education sector in the state's 2012-13 budget.
Of the sum, Rs 9, 093 crore was for primary education, Rs 3,201 crore for secondary education, Rs 2,497 crore for college and university education, and Rs 255 crore for adult education. Besides, from the annual plan outlay of Rs 28,000 crore for 2012-13, the allotment for the education department alone was Rs 3,670 crore, Modi said. Earlier, Institute of Human Rights Education (Madurai) chairperson V. Vasanthi Devi on Wednesday, 28th March, 2012, qualified the nature of Indian education system as being exclusivist, and said that it, in the process, has continued to remain a potent class instrument to discriminate, deny and dominate, which is antithetical to enjoyment of human rights by children from the poor and weaker sections.
Devi, who was delivering the 14th Myles Horton and Paulo Freire Memorial Lecture on the theme 'Architecture of Exclusion: Seeking New Tools for Constructing an Alternate Education', felt that the hierarchy of the Indian educational system was beset with as many levels as were in the country's caste hierarchy, since one type of school was for each mini-class, which ensured that children of no two levels ever met. The lecture was organized by Akshar Bihar, joint literary forum of ADRI and a Hindi daily published from here. Education minister P. K. Shahi preside the function. To bring home her idea on the theme, Devi said, "India has constructed an education system that is among the most exclusionary in the world. Today the exclusion has assumed grotesque proportions and works in hundred ways. Exclusion is woven into each strand of the education fabric, making a many-hued ikkat”.
Courtesy: Times of India