JAMMU: Private schools have a dual responsibility of imparting quality education and a social responsibility to cater to the less privileged segments of the society, this was stated by Advisor to Chief Mnister, Prof Amitabh Mattoo here on Tuesday.
He was chairing a high-level meeting of academicians and prominent members of civil society.
He said that big schools have developed network of schools across India and were selling their franchisee as multinational corporations “which is very demeaning to the basic concept of quality education”, an official release issued here read.
“Access, equity and benchmarks are the need of the hour in the present era of knowledge education; the government will not allow a few unscrupulous elements to make education a purely profit generating business,” Mattoo said.
According to him, “the concept of education is going through a phase of transition across India and J&K should become a part of this phenomenon of growth” which could be achieved only “by participation of all stakeholders”, and “private schools have a pivotal role to play so that our state sets a benchmark at the national level in education”.
Fleecing of students and parents by making an ‘organised business’ of uniforms, books, etc. is not desirable and there shall be zero tolerance against such malpractices, he added.