Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi has alleged that more than 80% government schools in the country are worse than junkyards. He raised concern for the future of government school students and said this will impact the development of the country.
“In India, daily 27 crore students go to school daily, out of which 18 crore students go to government schools. The condition of 80% government schools is worse than a junkyard. If we are giving such education to crores of our children, imagine how the country will be developed,” Kejriwal said in his letter written in Hindi.
This comes after Kejriwal on Tuesday termed the prime minister’s decision to modernise 14,500 schools “a drop of water in the ocean”. He pushed for a plan to upgrade all 10 lakh government schools in the country.
“You have made a plan for the modernisation of 14,500 schools but if we work at this pace, it will take 100 years to upgrade all our government schools. I request you to prepare a plan for the redevelopment of all 10 lakh government run schools in the country,” Kejriwal said.
Earlier, on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that 14,500 schools across the country would be developed and upgraded under the ‘PM-SHRI Yojana’. They will be equipped with modern infrastructure, including labs, smart classrooms, libraries and sports facilities, he said. The announcement was made on the occasion of Teacher’s Day.
A day later, while addressing an online press conference, Kejriwal responded by saying Modi should prepare a plan in consultation with all states to upgrade the country’s 10 lakh government schools over next five years. “India cannot become the number one country in the world without ensuring free quality education for every child,” Kejriwal had said.
With inputs from PTI