BJP govt’s unilateral decision to impose new education policy: CPI(M)

The CPI(M) Polit Bureau has strongly denounced the “unilateral” decision to “impose” the new education policy, without discussing it in Parliament first. 

“Education is in the Concurrent List in our Constitution.  It is a gross violation by the Central government to impose a new education policy unilaterally bypassing all the objections and opposition recorded by various state governments,” the statement by Polit Bureau reads.

The BJP government had assured that the new policy would be discussed in Parliament. “The draft is, as per norm, placed on the table of the Houses with a statutory time limit within which Members of Parliament can move amendments/give opinions. The Parliament has been completely bypassed,” it also said.

The Polit Bureau demands that a thorough discussion in Parliament be held before implementation begins.

The CPI (M) alleged that none of the suggestions given by the stakeholders, mainly the academicia, the teaching community, and the students was accommodated.

“The draft of new education policy was put out in the public domain seeking suggestions and opinions from all stakeholders, mainly the academicia, the teaching community, and the students. In addition, many intellectuals had also sent in their observations.  None of these have been considered,” it said.

The left party has registered its strong protests against the new policy by the BJP Central government and said this unilateral drive is to destroy the Indian education system with a policy that seeks greater centralization, communalization, and commercialization of Indian education.

“Financial support through Higher Education Funding Agency by dismantling the UGC is simply a loan in lieu of a grant. The grant is not repaid, but the loan has to be returned with interest. This means an unprecedented increase in student fees,” the CPI (M) said in a tweet.