New Delhi: Concern was raised in Rajya Sabha on the poor standards of primary education and lack of facilities in government schools in the country.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Veer Singh (BSP) said while government schools lacked adequate amenities, the standard of education was poor, forcing many students not to pursue their studies there.
"The central government should help improve the conditions in government primary schools due to which children of poor sections have to suffer the most," he said, adding that this was the reason why private schools were being preferred.
CP Thakur (BJP), while lamenting the plight of government schools and education standards, said primary students pursuing studies in Hindi medium were put at a disadvantage as they had to go for English medium in higher class.
"Both Hindi and English should be taught, otherwise it is detrimental to the interests of students. Government should take it seriously as now only one language is taught,"he said.
In another mention, Mansukhlal Mandaviya (BJP) said DRDO scientists were "demoralised" as there was delay in grant of patents for their research work in comparison to their foreign counterparts.
"They get demoralised as it takes several years for getting a patent. Our scientists conduct research but due to delays in getting patents, scientists of other nations get their patents registered," he said, seeking the intervention of the government in the matter.
Supporting the cause, Deputy Chairmn PJ Kurien asked the Minister to take up the matter.
Motilal Vora (Cong) raised the issue of making non- vegetarian cooking compulsory in hotel management courses due to which many students could not take them up.