Last updated on: October 24, 2019 at 12:26 pm IST
Kohima, October 23: The National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) on Wednesday strongly opposed the imposition of the draft National Education Policy (NEP) upon private schools in the country.
“Implementation of the draft NEP will bring about too much intervention of the government into the functioning of private schools and it will also change everything in the field of education in the country,” said NISA president Dr Kulbhushan Sharma.
He was speaking to media persons after the 36th annual general body meeting of All Nagaland Private Schools Association (ANPSA) held at the NBCC Platinum Hall here today.
He said that NISA is strongly against the draft NEP mainly because NEP proposes to enforce uniform language code in schools, introduction of Sanskrit as a compulsory subject and also introduction of School Management Committee (SMC) by including the local politicians.
“Choice of language for students should be of the parents and not the government,” he said.
Another major problem is the appointment of SMC in private schools, by including politically appointed individuals, which will have only the principal of the school as member while the school’s own management would be abolished, he said.
“If imposed the SMC structure will be totally against the schools management policies, and politics will fully enter into private schools, as it will leave the school administration and management only as mere executors of political decisions,” feared Dr Sharma.
“NISA is clear not to accept the policy at any cost, which there have already been several rulings of the court not to enforce language upon the schools,” he said.
Dr Sharma also maintained that imposition of NEP would take away the security and safety of teachers as it proposes that non B.Ed teachers will not be allowed to continue in the profession.
“We want safety of teachers’ equivalent to the safety of students,” he said, adding that “NISA wants that those teachers already into the profession should be considered as trained teachers”.
Expressing that NEP would take away the autonomy of private schools, NISA president said “we are ready to accept simple guidelines from the government but into complete intrusion of our autonomy”.
Acknowledging that lots of schools were engaged in fake enrollment to get more fund from the Government, NISA opined that introduction of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme would enhance the saving of the government in terms of lakhs of crore of rupees.
Also informing that NISA has launched post card campaign against the implementation of the draft National Education Policy, Dr Sharma requested the private schools in the state to come forward in taking up the common cause against the proposed policy.
ANPSA president Nini Sekhose while extending full cooperation towards NISA said Nagaland has 14 different tribal languages and imparting education in one language other than English is not possible. The new draft language policy of the central Government is not acceptable for Nagaland, she added.
The different languages prevalent in the state should be recognized and respected, she said.
Replying to queries on fixation of rates of admission and monthly fees for private schools and also home tuition fees in the State, she said that ANPSA is not in a position to control it saying that it all depends on the parents to choose to which school they want to send their children.
Meanwhile, the 36th year AGMB of ANPSA was marked by cultural presentations by students of Bayavü HSS, Vinyüzo School and Oking Christian School.
Chaired by Advisor and Ex-officio member ANPSA, Bithungo Kikon the programme commenced with ANPSA vice president Fr Jacob Charalel saying the prayer. Welcome address and felicitation of the guests was done by ANPSA president Nini Sekhose. Joint Secretary Abalie Medoze dwelled on the achievements of ANPSA Central while general secretary P J Nathan and former treasurer Kevisetuo Isrial presented reports. (Page News Service)