Kerala Kaumudi Online
Friday, 24 May 2024 12.04 PM IST

State Government relents on national education projects amidst funding threats


The state government, which is in conflict with the central government on various issues, such as additional loans and increasing the credit limit, has thus far rejected certain projects integral to the national education policy solely for political reasons. However, it has now hastily decided to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the implementation of the PM Shri School project in Kerala, which is part of the National Education Policy, as it is certain that central assistance related to it will cease. The Principal Secretary of Public Education also sent a letter to the Central Education Department informing them of the change in the previous decision.

The PM School for Rising India Project is a comprehensive education program initiated by the Centre. Kerala is currently receiving financial assistance through this program. It should have been evident to Kerala earlier that opting out of this scheme was not feasible. The PM Shri provides assistance of up to one crore rupees to select schools with good infrastructure to showcase additional excellence over a specified period. However, PM Shri requires schools to display Prime Minister Narendra Modi's picture and name as part of its branding.

This is akin to including the name of an MP along with projects completed using the MP Development Fund. Initially, Kerala refrained from implementing some of these projects, but later decided to participate. Now, if the PM Shri scheme is not implemented, the Centre will withhold the remaining balance due from the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan. Thus, the state government is now willing to sign the MoU without any political considerations. The paramount concern is the benefit to the state and its citizens. It is estimated that there are at least 150 schools in Kerala with good infrastructure eligible for selection under the PM Shri School Scheme. Should the project, which provides Rs 150 crore in assistance to all these schools, be rejected simply because the project's name must be displayed alongside the schools' names?

When receiving funding, compliance with certain conditions is necessary. Those accusing the government of political manipulation should prioritize the positive impact and improvement it brings to the state's school education sector. Is there not a sense of shame in yielding only when it is said that money will not be provided? There is no justification for turning away from central plans aimed at developing and enhancing critical sectors, including education. Despite severe economic pressure, the state government must not neglect urgent needs. Ultimately, what matters are funds and their utility, which is what the people desire.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet
consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.
We respect your privacy. Your information is safe and will never be shared.