Call to make education a major issue during 2019 election campaign

Ambarish Rai of the Right to Education (RTE) Forum has called upon civil society activists to "strengthen the nationwide campaign to make education a major issue in 2019 elections". Speaking at the stocktaking conference in Patna, organized by the RTE Forum, he said, Bihar has been slow in implementing the RTE Act, even as it is refusing to allocate enough funds for education and involve communities on educational issues.
Those who participated in the conference included intellectuals, social workers, teachers, students union members, and members of school management committees from different areas of Bihar. Speakers expressed serious concern over the absence of safety and grievances redressal mechanism for girls, and lack of empowerment of the public education system.
Speakers were unanimous in their view that it is not possible to realize the dream of a developed society based on equality without strengthening public education. They said, the commercialization of education would lead to widening disparity in society, creating sharp inequalities in society and serious bottlenecks for development.
Apart from Rai those who participated in the rally included President of Bihar Secondary Teachers Association and Bihar Legislative Council member Kedarnath Pandey, Dr Sanjeev Rai of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, University of Patna academic Prod Daisy Narayan, former Chairman of the Bihar Scheduled Commission Vidyanand Vikal, Regional Manager of Oxfam India Ranjana Das, and others.

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