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Raising the teacher-student politics matter in the Rajya Sabha, under the Right to Education bill (RTE), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Roopa Ganguly said that students and teachers should not be allowed to participate in any political rallies.

Highlighting the issue of importance of education, the BJP leader further demanded strict monitoring of such cases.

Earlier on Tuesday, the upper house of Parliament had passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017 extending the deadline for teachers to acquire the prescribed minimum qualifications for appointment by 4 years.

The Bill amends the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. Under the new Act, the teachers who do not possess the minimum qualifications as on March 31, 2015 will acquire the minimum qualifications within a period of 4 years — that is, by March 31, 2019.

The matter of teacher-student in politics seems to be the first incident in recent times where TMC and BJP have come together and seem to be on the same page.

Previously, the Bengal government had also planned steps to change the way of students’ unions functions and had suggested following the St Xavier model. Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, had also raised the matter saying that the first priority of students should be their studies.

Commenting on the matter in an interview, Education minister Partha Chatterjee said, “Students’ first priority should be their studies. The union activities should come after that. We don’t want students with 2%-3%college attendance to lead student bodies. We are taking a relook at this and help students’ unions follow the St Xavier’s model (student organisations with political affiliations have no role to play in union elections)”.

First Published | 2 August 2017 10:33 AM
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