Pandavapura: Actor Prakash Rai has expressed concern that the education was being made a luxury of the rich. He alleged that most of the private schools were minting money by creating a fear that government school education was poor.
Speaking at the French Rocks Government School on June 11, Prakash said that the poor could not afford to educate their children by paying a hefty donation, fees etc. in private schools. In addition, he said, the existing facilities in government schools were not conducive to learning. "This vicious cycle has deprived the poor of access to quality education", he said.
Prakash also expressed his desire to work with the government to improve the quality of education in the government-run schools in the state. "I will talk to the government to develop government schools right from the root level", he said. Lauding the transformation of French Rocks School by its Development Committee to the standards that compete with private schools, he said, "The transformation achieved here will be a model for me in my quest to develop thousands of government schools in the state."
He said that educational development did not end with building the school structure, providing furniture or giving meals. "Children should be able to think and reason for themselves," he added. For overall development of the children, he said the schools should improve their environment, engage students in cultural and sports activities. "There is a need to bring a radical change in the education system and teaching method in the state", he said.
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