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‘New policy not to interfere with states’ rights’

Govt has come out with draft education policy after holding discussions, says Javadekar

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jul 21 2016 6:49PM | Updated Date: Jul 21 2016 6:53PM

‘New policy not to interfere with states’ rights’

 The Centre on Thursday has said that there is no proposal for holding morning prayers in schools in the draft education policy, resting fears that it would infringe on the rights of the states.

 
While, replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha in whether the new policy proposes morning prayers, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said “there is no such proposal”.
 
When asked whether the new policy would intrude upon the states’ rights, he said “it is not taking away powers of states. Rather, we are working with them as partners. The attempt is to make the education system better and improve its quality.”
 
Javadekar added that the last education policy was made in 1986 and came into being in 1992, therefore there is need for a good policy that would take the nation forward. 
 
The government has come out with the draft education policy after holding several rounds of discussions across the country, he added.
 
Suggestions were invited from all on it till July 31, however, the government wants want that all MPs should also make their suggestions on the draft policy and it would be ready to accept them till August 15, Javadekar told the Upper House of the Parliament.
 
Replying to members’ concerns on whether the new policy would affect missionary schools, the education minister said that any institution working within guidelines need not worry at all.