Sibal against education for children below 6

Sibal favoured that children below six should not be given formal education

Last Updated: Dec 14, 2011, 14:54 PM IST

New Delhi: Noting that he was against putting
pressure on students at the kindergarten level, HRD Minister
Kapil Sibal on Wednesday said the Centre can bring a concrete policy
on the issue if Parliament passes a resolution.

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.

He said he was against small children carrying bulky
school bags, learning the alphabets and tables and said at
that age, they should be playing.

Sibal favoured 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.

To a question on shortcomings noticed in 44 deemed
universities, he said the matter was before the Supreme Court
and the government will move ahead after its directions.

He assured the House that interests of students of these
universities 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.

Answering a question on model schools, Sibal said the
centrally sponsored scheme to set up 6,000 model schools at
block level was launched in November, 2008. Of these, 3,500
schools are to be st up by states in educationally backward
blocks and 2,500 schools were to be set up in the private-
public partnership mode in blocks which are not educationally
backward. 438 model schools have become functional in seven
states so far.

PTI