`Compulsory education to create intellectual asset`
New Delhi: Aspiring for total literacy in
the country, the government on Friday said the bill to make
primary education free and compulsory for children in the 6-14
age bracket would help create an intellectual asset.
Moving the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory
Education Bill 2009 in the Lok Sabha, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal
said "intellectual asset forms part of nation`s wealth" and
any opposition to it would be an "anti-national act."
He said the landmark bill, already passed by the Rajya
Sabha, sought put the onus on the government of ensuring that
all children got free and quality education.
"In the 21st Century, intellectual asset forms part of
the wealth of the country. Any opposition to this bill, I
think, is anti-national. A child is entitled to quality
education and it is a Constitutional right," he said.
Sibal expressed confidence that the next Census in 2011
will show a 10 per cent jump in literacy level to 75 per cent.
"But, we cannot be satisfied with this," he said.
He said in several states, schools lacked infrastructure
and in some rural areas, there were no teachers.
In a veiled reference to political indoctrination in
school syllabus, Sibal said, "We do not want an education that
Speaking on the bill, Kirti Azad (BJP) said his party
would support it, but asked the Minister to specify financial
sources and spending plan for the purpose.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Aware of Chinese submarine deployment at Balochistan's Gwadar port, says Navy chief
- Like SAARC, should India boycott Pak in Heart of Asia conference?
- 'Heart of Asia' Conference begins in Amritsar; Sartaj Aziz to pay a visit on Sunday
- Panel discussion over Mamata Banerjee's false allegations on Indian Army for political gains
- Watch: Reports on final deal of M-777 tanks between India and America
- Gujarat businessman declares highest ever black money amount – Rs 13,000 crore!
- Army proves Mamata Banerjee wrong, releases letter showing West Bengal govt knew of exercise
- Rs 14,000 crore default case: Gujarat businessman detained, says money belongs to politicians, babus
- Newly-wed couple Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech perform `bhangra` at Goa airport – Viral video
- Gujarat man who disclosed Rs 14,000 crore unaccounted wealth goes missing