The newly appointed Union Human Resource Development minister Prakesh Javdekar said that his priority would be to develop the condition of Zilla Parishad schools and initiating better facilities in the night schools to allow more students getting education.
While visiting Gopal Krishna Gokhale Night School at Dadar in Mumbai recently, Javdekar interacted with the students there and said, “Education is essential for upliftment. I sincerely salute the spirit of these poor students, who are pursuing education in night schools after putting in 8-10 hours of hard work during the day.” Stating that the requirement of inclusive education is a must and no one should be left behind the ambit of education. Night schools help making the education inclusive allowing students from every background get into schools and acquire education.
He further said, “After meeting you, my will to work for you has strengthened. PM Narendra Modi says work for the dalits, the underprivileged and backward classes. We will study the problems of night schools and will do whatever is possible for them.” Stating that he himself had his formal education from Zilla Parishad School, he knows the problems and challenges faced by such schools and can work towards bettering it. He assured that he would take with the Education Minister of Maharashtra Vinod Tawde regarding the status of the schools and try to improve the infrastructure in night and municipal schools.
The school authority of GKG Night schools pointed out their staggering 100% passing record for the straight four years. Mumbai has a well-developed infrastructure of night schools where over 15000 students aged 15 and above are enrolled for class VII and upwards. Many of such night school students have gone to succeed as entrepreneurs in various fields.