The recent Allahabad High Court order saying all the politicians, bureaucrats and judges to send their children to primary schools run by the government so that the level of education in these schools could get lifted, has found support from Uttar Pradesh government recently. Minister of Basic Education in the state Ram Govind Chaudhary has said that this could be the best possible opportunity to improve the standard of primary education.
Chaudhary said, “I will write letters to IAS, PCS associations judges and others to send their wards to primary schools. Socialists have always espoused for general and compulsory education for all.” He further stressed that members of the House should also turn up to this initiative and send their children to the government schools, so that the standard of education could get improved.
Suresh Khanna from BJP has even said that Shiv Kumar Pathak who filled in PIL in the high court should have been rewarded but the government rather dismissed him from service. Replying to this allegation Chaudhary said that Pathak was absenting himself from training during which leave is not allowed. Action against him was taken five days before the high court verdict came, but through a news channel both the issues got intermingled.
According to Swami Prasad Maurya, leader of BSP which is the opposition party, “The HRD minister should be contacted in this regard and state minister should demand sweeping changes in the education system.”
The issue came into light when the Allahabad High Court on 18 August asked all the government servants, elected representatives and members of judiciary and all other persons who get any benefit or salary from state exchequer or public fund to send their children to primary schools that are run by the State Board for Secondary Education, seeking it as the only option left for developing the government run schools in the state.