Education minister should apologize to poor families and resign: Kumari Selja

Chandigarh, January 03: President, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, Kumari Selja said that the Education Minister, who failed to get admission in private schools for children belonging to poor families, should resign from his post by apologizing publicly to these families. Due to their non-admission in private schools, the association of the BJP-JJP alliance government and the private school operators has also been exposed. This shows that the state government has nothing to do with the poor. They only want to protect the interests of their capitalist friends, said Kumari Selja.

Congress will protest if Haryana Education Rule 134A is abolished

In a statement issued to the media, Kumari Selja said that the Congress will oppose every attempt to abolish Section 134A of the Haryana Education Rule and will give a befitting reply to the state government. With the abolishment of this Rule, the hopes of poor families to get good education for their children will end and the private school mafia will become more organized.

Kumari Selja said that with the abolition of Rule 134A, the provision of free education in private schools to the children of poor families earning an annual income of Rs. 2 lakh will come to an end. Whereas, according to the number of schools in the state, more than two lakh seats were reserved in private schools for the children of poor families. Under this rule, a child from an eligible family can pass the test and take admission in any private school. The student can take admission in any class as per the test and also change school in between the session. The responsibility of the fee and admission of the children rests with the state government, said Kumari Selja.

She said that if 134A is abolished, the poor families will be able to enroll their child only in first class. They will stop getting the option of admission in any other class. In such a situation, these families will only have option to get admission in their nearest private school. That is, they will not be able to choose the school according to their choice, she added.

Kumari Selja said that the state government had bowed before the lobby of private school operators. Despite the passage of 9 months, till date the government has not been able to get admission of these children. The statement of the Education Minister, who failed in getting admission to children of poor families in private schools, that he is making changes to abolish Education Rule 134A to ensure that children from poor families do not face any problems in future, is totally wrong and baseless.

Kumari Selja said that this step of the Education Minister and the State Government is like kneeling before the private school operators. The people of the state will never forgive him for this step said Kumari Selja.