Atishi Marlena Highlights Link between Politicians and Private Schools



~Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Member Captivates Conversation About Elementary Education at Difficult Dialogues Forum~


Goa Khabar: It was an eventful and exciting day two at the Difficult Dialogues forum which took place at International Center Goa. There were a total of six panels where Leading experts and academics shared their views on education policies in India. The panels were on Building World-Class Universities, Value Education, Education for All, Financing of Education, Skilling Education and Elementary Education.


At a panel about Elementary Education member of the political committee, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) who are widely recognized for improving the standard of public education in Delhi said “What has really changed is that there is political will, where the Government in power cares about Private schools. Someone should research the links between politicians and private schools. Arvinder Singh Lovely is a politician who owns a private school. If the people in power have incentives in private education then why would they improve public education?”


Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, the UNICEF Representative in India, said on a panel about the financing of education, “Only two per cent of the education budget is spent on teacher training so we’re not spending on the human resources for this sector. Government funding is being supplemented by CSR or grant funding.”


Dr. Sukanya Bose, Faculty at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, said there is no financial roadmap in place for financing education which would lead to what was laid out in the Right to Education act of 2009. There are around 146 million children in the public education system and 15 million outside the system, which is the government’s responsibility to bring them back. So there is a need to spend 1.5% more of the GDP.


In a discussion about value education, a professor of Hindi from the University of Delhi Apoorvanand Jha, said, “We should fight majoritarianism… The value of nationalism is being imposed on students by the current government.”