Aaditya Thackeray, president of Yuva Sena, has written a letter to Union Human Resources and Development Minister Prakash Javadekar over host of education-related issues - which included bringing pre-primary admissions under the purview of the Right To Education (RTE) Act, having common syllabus for pre-primary schools and making a lesson on gender sensitivity mandatory for all schools. Apprising the Union Minister about the hurdles faced by young couples with regards to the admission of their small kids, the Shiv Sena leader said that pre-primary admissions should be brought under the purview of the RTE because young parents find it daunting to pay donations for their wards.
"The little child and parents are interviewed for admissions. The child is expected to know poems and parents are expected to have a certain educational or economic status. Such pre-conditions prevent many families from attaining the quality education in our country," he stated.
"There should be a law that covers the pre-Primary education and should include minimum quality and safety norms each pre-primary school needs to have," Thackeray demanded. He also urged the government to make it compulsory for all schools to have a lesson on gender sensitivity and on treating each other as equal. Thackeray also demanded that pre-primary schools should have a common syllabus.
Referring to recent reports of the rise in incidents of sexual assaults on young girls, the Yuva Sena chief urged Javadekar to make it mandatory in all the schools across the country to teach all kids from standard fifth the meaning of "right and wrong touches". He also demanded that girl students of class 8 and above be compulsorily taught self-defense in schools.