12 Save Education Campaign launched in Delhi

posted Apr 12, 2018, 9:56 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 9:56 AM ]

There is a "National Coalition of Private Schools" launched about a year ago that is seeking our advice and collaboration regarding certain vexing problems in the area of education. We have been attending some of their meetings and sharing concerns in areas that also affect us.

There was an official launch of the "Save Education Campaign" in Delhi recently. Some of the concerns are: Ease of opening schools, Recognition of schools and Choice of Board; Not reimbursing the expenses met for the 25% admissions given EWS students; concerns regarding TET for teachers already teaching; rewriting history, School Autonomy, threatening with de-recognition, policy flip-flops by the CBSE Board; Corruption in granting of NOC; All rules only for Private Schools etc. This movement is expected to culminate with a massive rally on April 7, 2018, from 10.30 am to 2 pm at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi.

National Independent School Alliance (NISA), an umbrella organisation that runs low-cost private schools and 90 other Founder Body key stakeholders have formed this large platform called "National Coalition of Private Schools" who have launched this movement. 

The campaign needs our magnanimity, solidarity and collaboration, as we all know very well that the current scenario will affect adversely the future of millions of children in the country. Different organisations and Founder Bodies are pitching in their support. One of the interesting pledges at the launch of this campaign was a committee of educators from Punjab agreeing to get the local Gurdwara in Delhi to provide a meal for one lakh (100,000) people who come for the Rally.

There are many common concerns that affect us. Education is an area that will affect every citizen of this country. Every interested organisation or individual needs to pitch in and contribute to the education of children, as even now 50 lakh children are still out of school. Our institutions stand for inclusive education, care for the marginalised, academic excellence, holistic education, care for the environment, the formation of character and value-based education. We also want policy makers to respect the rights of the minorities to establish and administer their own institutions, without undue interference and harassment.