Pune: “The government should have thought about the welfare of the students in the rural, remote and tribal regions of the State before making such a huge decision about shutting down more than 1,200 Zila Parishad schools in the rural areas,” said NCP leader Sharad Pawar in the city on Thursday while speaking at the platinum jubilee function of Pune District
Secondary and Higher Secondary Principals Association at Annabhau Sathe Hall, Padmavati.
He further added that the government has no right to snatch the educational opportunities away from the students in the rural areas.
“When the teachers are burdened with extra non-teaching responsibilities apart from those of elections, this is bound to affect their teaching ability and hamper the quality of education.
“It’s high time that these responsibilities should be reduced,” he the NCP supremo added.
Commenting on the role of a principal in a school, Pawar said, “Principal is like a captain. He should encourage his colleagues and motivate them to give their best.”
He also made sly remarks of the huge tea bill generated by the chief minister’s office saying that this kind of expenditure should instead be diverted to some productive cause like that of education.
MLA Dattatray Sawant, Education Director Gangadhar Mhamane, Deputy Director of Education Ramchandra Jadhav among others were present on the occasion.