Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said Thursday that he doesn’t want advice from political parties on how to run government primary schools. He suggested they check the condition of schools in their states instead.
Sawant was reacting to a proposal from the AAP Goa unit, which had offered to adopt government primary schools that the government was trying to merge with other schools. The AAP said that they would use the Delhi model to boost enrolment and improve results in Goa.
“Government is qualified of running schools in Goa. For the last 60 years, the state has been directing primary schools. BJP govt since 2012 to 2022 has enhanced the infrastructure of schools. We don’t require direction from anyone,” Sawant said.
No political party ought to take accountability for running schools. The government is competent. We are concerned about students’ education. We have no concern about building. We have concerns about giving quality education to the students. Hence, a merging decision came to the fore.
“New Education policy, quality of education, standard of education, considering all these factors we have started a survey, we are not closing down schools. We want to merge it and give them good infrastructure along with teachers. We don’t want guidance from anyone and their advice,” Sawant said.
“Political parties should not show that they want to do something great, they should go to their state and see the condition of their schools. Simply taking publicity by submitting memorandum and getting news published in Delhi to show they are doing something great… we are capable of running schools,” he said.
He said that the merging proposal is currently in the “planning stage.” Sawant continued, saying that they will take all stakeholders into confidence before moving forward with the merge. “We don’t want to create panic in their minds,” he said. Sawant expressed his concern as the education minister.