Karnataka elections: From free mopeds to fee regulatory panel, parties promise big for education | Bengaluru News

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BENGALURU: Education has made it to the manifestos of all major parties in the state, with the promises ranging from regulating private school fees to providing free mopeds for girls in government colleges.
Both the Congress and AAP have mentioned regulating school fees. AAP has details on a mandatory fee determination committee for private schools to ensure the fee is used only for identified purposes related to education. Congress, though, has not given details on how it plans to regulate school fees.
The BJP has promised to allot 6% of the GSDP to education, almost triple the last budgetary allocation. A Visvesvaraya Vidya Yojane under which the state government partners with eminent individuals and institutions for upgrading government schools has also been promised. The manifesto mentions upgrading anganwadis to provide pre-primary education and upskill teachers for the same.
The Congress has mentioned filling up of vacancies of teachers in government and aided colleges in a year, while AAP has promised making contract teachers permanent. The Congress has also said it will reject NEP and form a state education policy instead.
JD(S) said it will build a well-equipped quality government school in every gram panchayat, thus setting up 6,000 public schools in five years. Free cycles for high schools and electric mopeds for girls in government first-grade colleges and free education for students from poor families in degree and professional colleges are in the manifesto. AAP said there will be separate curriculum for music, theatre and other performing arts for all, entrepreneurship curriculum with training in business skills, access to seed funding and mentorship, happiness curriculum to improve the mental well-being of learners and a desh bhakti curriculum to instil patriotism .
“The government is unable to control private schools as per the existing rules,” said Sijo Sebastian, secretary, Voice of Parents. Sijo urged the parties to look at the real need in today’s education world and promise solutions.

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