no formal education for kids below six years - hrd minister
Press Trust of India
NEW DELHI, 14 DEC: Noting that he was against putting pressure on students at the kindergarten level, HRD minister Mr Kapil Sibal today said the Centre can bring a concrete policy on the issue if Parliament passes a resolution.
In reply to several supplementaries in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour, Mr Sibal said a resolution by Parliament will ensure that the state governments do not protest a central policy on the subject. ?You pass the resolution and I will move ahead,? Mr Sibal said.
He said he was against small children carrying bulky school bags, learning the alphabets and tables and said at that age, they should be playing. The minister favoured that children below six should not be given formal education and pointed that many state governments were allowing admission of students at the age of five.
To a question on shortcomings noticed in 44 deemed universities, he said the matter was before the Supreme Court and the government will move ahead after its directions. He assured the House that interests of students of these universities will be protected.
On punishing officials responsible for granting these universities deemed status, he said the question was not to punish anyone but to protect the future of the students, leaving several members dissatisfied with the reply.