SHILLONG | July 12, 2019:
The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) has constituted a committee to conduct an in-depth and exhaustive study of the draft National Education Policy, 2019.
Talking to media persons after the CLP meeting on Thursday night, CLP leader, Dr Mukul Sangma said that the committee will be headed by senior Congress legislator, Ampareen Lyngdoh.
“We will also have a discussion to include more academicians in the committee to have an exhaustive study of the draft policy,” Dr Mukul, who is also the Opposition leader said. He said that there are quite a few areas incorporated in the draft policy which are “worrying”.
“There are some kinds of agenda in the draft policy which will go against the interest of the people and will also dilute the whole federal structure. We are all aware that education being in the concurrent list and State must have its own responsibility vested with the authority. We cannot just say we have responsibility without authority.” he said.
Pointing out that the federal structure which stood throughout the test of time post Independence must not be diluted, Dr Mukul said that they will try to talk with the AICC to address few of the concerns of the State which is highlighted in the draft policy.
“The draft policy has been designed in such a way that sponsoring bodies who had felt necessary to establish schools during the most difficult times and most difficult areas. It looks like their authority and ownership over the management as well as the assets is likely to be alienated,” the CLP leader said.
He further pointed out that the policy itself is contradictory since in some part is says that public investment should be increased in conformity with the projected 6 percent of the total GDP while in other portion it says that there is a need to encourage private investment.
“At the same time, there is also a portion where it was mentioned in the draft that private investment would be stopped in certain sections of education. So it’s quite confusing document,” he added.