education activists march to parliament for free education for all
Many education experts like Anil Sadgopal who took part in the National Curriculum framework and Rajya Sabha member Kuldip Nayar (an educationist) do not like Sibal’s hyper-active, elitist reforms like bringing in foreign universities, freedom to pvt. schools to decide fees and salaries. He seems in a big hurry.Now, to protest government’s moves, these activists from 16 states marched to parliament on 24 Feb, 2010. They formed a banner All India Forum For Right to Education (AIF-RTE) and want review of 86th Amendment Act (2002) to make sure that all students up to age 18 get free education. They don’t want RTE-2009. They also showed great concern as some states like Karnataka are closing down hundreds of govt. schools telling that they don’t have fund for education. Its a national shame and a catastrophy. The marchers protected against government’s public-private partnership policies as this may allow fund to travel from public kitty to private investment.