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Stop the ‘Sin’ of Closing Down 14K Schools for Poor, Congress Tells Maharashtra CM Shinde

The Maharashtra unit of Congress on Thursday called on Prime Minister Eknath Shinde to halt the “sinful” move to close some 14,000 schools, ostensibly due to low student enrollment. State Congress President Nana Patole said a majority of these schools are located in rural, remote, backward or tribal areas of the state where there are no other education options available to the poor children.

“They are the children of farmers, workers, ordinary families who have sent their children to be educated in these schools run by the districts. If these schools are closed, these poor people will be completely deprived of education. It will be like a sin,” he told Shinde.

Patole pointed out how Maharashtra is at the forefront of providing quality education at the highest level, and where primary education is the foundation of a good academic background for lakhs students.

“In 2009, the Right to Education Act was passed by the Central Congress government, providing free and compulsory education for every child aged 6-14, with access to the nearest school. The 25% reservation for economically weaker segments in private educational institutions also applies under the law. The state government is obliged to ensure that all children receive a good education,” he said.

Referring to an alleged move to close about 14,000 schools where enrollment/attendance rates range from 0-20, the congress leader said this would completely deprive children in rural, tribal and backward areas of education, and would force them to leave. travel before going to school.

He greeted the glorious legacy of the state and said that many social reformers such as Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Savitribai Phule, Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj, Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil and others in every village had thrown open the doors of schools to the ‘Bahujan community’.

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“Congress has taken up the message to spread education in the most remote areas. On the contrary, the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Gujarat is closing 6,000 schools and now plans to close 14,000 schools in Maharashtra. This will deprive the Bahujans of the opportunity to receive an education and progress in life,” Patole warned.

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