Education promotes Nation’s Growth
Education fosters development and spurs the growth of any nation, Vice-Chancellor of AP Law University Y. Satyanarayana has said.
Participating as chief guest at a seminar on ‘The right to free and compulsory education Act’, jointly organised by the Association for Regional Tribal Development (ARTD) and Sri Gayatri Welfare and Cultural Youth Academy at the Zilla Parishad here on Thursday, he advised parents to ensure education of their children even if that meant loss of family income as their children couldn’t go to work.
Addressing the parents and large number of children from child labour and Government schools, he said that education was not only important for getting a highly paid job but even for obtaining the post of a ‘safaiwala’ in the Central Government one should necessarily have passed 8th class.
This shows that lack of education was an impediment to growth.
Trying to motivate the students, Prof Satyanarayana recalled how his father and mother used to discourage him from going to school as they would have to forego the family income.
In those days they were aware of the importance of education. “I used to attend school stealthily and was sometimes punished by my parents. I pursued my law degree with the income that I earned through a job,” he said.
Referring to the social benefits of education, he said that it prevents children from going astray and turning into child labourers or taking up petty crimes.
He said that even private educational institutions were bound to offer up to 25 per cent of their seats to poor children, based on their merit.
He said it was unfortunate that private managements were not taking up this social responsibility as they were unsure whether the Government would re-imburse the fee.
He suggested that these managements could tax the rich to help the needy meritorious children. He also underlined the importance of the education of girls for the prosperity of the nation.
Prof D. Pulla Rao of Andhra University wondered as to how the noble objectives of the Government to provide free and compulsory education to all children in the 6 to 14 age group be achieved when basic infrastructure was lacking in thousands of schools all over the country.
Reeling out statistics, he said that 90,000 schools in the country had no blackboards, 21, 699 schools have no teachers, over 1 lakh have no classrooms and 1.36 lakh schools have no bathrooms.
Project Director of National Child Labour Project K. Satyanarayana, Deputy Inspector of Schools VVV Ramana, ARTD secretary P. Vasu and president of Sri Gayatri Academy R. Ravi Kumar participated.