Pune: Ensuring the smooth education of a child throughout the school and college, the State Government recently announced an insurance scheme for the students.
While speaking at a function in Kolhapur, State Education Minister Vinod Tawde said that many times, a child’s education is hampered due to the financial crisis like death of either of the parents or poor financial condition.
Thus, to support the child’s education, the state announced the insurance scheme for students which will cover the education from Class 1 to graduation.
Around 2 crore children will benefit by the scheme. If a child has an accident, it will be covered by the insurance agency. The child’s entire educational expenditure will be covered under the insurance scheme if his/her parents die. Tawde also stated that the State is in talks with different insurance companies to work out a deal.
Reacting to the decision, Mukund Kirdat, of AAP Parents Union said, “There are so many things that the government needs to look into as far as education sector is concerned. Along with making provision for insurance after an incident has happened, the government should also make provisions for the safety of students to prevent any undesirable incidents. In rural areas, travelling to school is a dangerous task for children as schools are far from their homes.
“In urban areas too, school transport is a safety issue. Quality of mid-day meals provided to kids is another one. All these issues need to be addressed first.” He also added that such insurance schemes already exist in Tamil Nadu, Orissa, etc but haven’t proved to be very useful.
“There are many factors that need to be accounted for as far as insurance is concerned. What are the exact circumstances in which the insurance could be applicable, what would be its premium, how many children and parents could be included under the scheme, etc. needs to be taken care of. Although for now, the scheme looks good, its utility and advantages could be found out only after a proper plan for the same is devised by the State,” educationist Vivek Velankar said.