Centre should make law to allocate 6% of GDP to education: Manish Sisodia

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Centre should make law to allocate 6% of GDP to education: Manish Sisodia

Sunday, 22 September 2019 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday demanded a law be made to allocate at least six percent of GDP to education.

Sisodia, who also holds the portfolio of Education Minister, attended a special meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) convened by the Union Human Resource Department (HRD) Ministry to discuss and finalise the National Education Policy.

In a meeting, he asked that the preamble to the policy should state that "providing good quality education would be the responsibility of Government through Government schools". 

Lauding few provisions of the policy, Sisodia highlighted that unless there is a law which binds the Governments to allocate the fund, the policy per se will not result in the transformation of Education in India.

"Just like Governments are bound by law to have ceiling on fiscal deficit or one country one tax system, similarly to implement the provision of the New Education Policy, the Governments should be bound to spend at least 6% of GDP, " Sisodia said.

Stressing on the quality of education being delivered in government schools should be at par with the private schools. "Going to private schools should just be an option, not a necessity due to the lack of quality education in our government schools," the education minister said.

"Only five percent of children get access to quality education, the rest 95 percent have been getting average quality education. It needs to change. It is the job of the Government to provide education to all children," he added.

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