Union Minister for Human Resource and Development Kapil Sibal has said that he is strictly against putting pressure on students at the kindergarten level and the Centre can bring a concrete policy in this regard if Parliament passes a resolution. The minister said that children below six should not be given formal education and pointed that many state governments were allowing admission of students at the age of five.
In reply to several supplementaries in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour, Sibal said a resolution by Parliament will ensure that the state governments do not protest a central policy on the subject.
“You pass the resolution and I will move ahead,” Sibal said.
Sibal said that children below six years of age should be playing and enjoying their childhood instead of being burdened by bulky school bags.
Replying to a query on disqualification of 44 deemed universities, he said the matter was before the Supreme Court and the government will move ahead after its directions. However, he assured the house that interest of students studying in these institutions will be protected.
On punishing officials responsible for granting these universities deemed status, he said the question was not to punish anyone but to protect the future of the students, leaving several members dissatisfied with the reply.
[Source: Indian Express]