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Make education free and compulsory till Class 12: MPs

Several Ministers suggested the HRD Ministry on Friday during a meeting that the education must be made free and compulsory for the students till class 12. They also emphasized on the issues about languages including Sanskrit as well as problems suffered by children belonging to minorities.

The meeting was held by the Human Resource Development Ministry and Member of Parliament (MPs) on Friday. The ministers advised that, “Education must be made free and compulsory up to class 12’.  They also added that skill-based learning must be made essential in the schools.

During a meeting, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said, “Over 40 parliamentarians had expressed their views while several gave their suggestions in writing also.”

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Shashi Tharoor of the Congress, Satyanarain Jatiya of the BJP, C P Narayanan of the CPI(M), Dhananjay Mahadik of the NCP, Derek O Brien of the TMC, Hussain Dalwai (Cong) attended the event.

Sources said, “Some of the members spoke about their views while others expressed concerns about unfilled vacancies, on the issue of languages including Sanskrit, out of school children and also difficulties faced by children belonging to minorities.”

“Javadekar provided the members with suggestions from time to time and also took suggestions. He also explained that the draft is not ready yet and the suggestions would be considered,” a source said

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