The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday criticized the Himachal Pradesh government led by Jai Ram Thakur for the “deterioration” in the quality of education under the current regime.
In a statement published here, former Himachal Police Director General and AAP State Spokesperson, ID Bhandari claimed that under BJP rule, the education system of the state had completely collapsed and today parents do not want to enroll their wards in public schools.
He alleged that the grand statements made by the BJP regime on the education system were nothing but a pack of lies.
The situation is so bad that over the past four and a half years, more than 500 public schools have been closed due to low or no enrolment, Bhandari said.
“If we talk about the new academic session 2022-23, 153 public primary schools have been closed,” he said.
He said a maximum of 39 schools have been closed in Shimla district, while 30 in Kangra and 26 schools in Mandi.
Apart from that, there are dozens of such schools which are on the verge of closing due to low enrollment, he said.
Bhandari claimed that even Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur also seemed unhappy with the functioning of his education ministers.
At first, Suresh Bhardwaj was the education minister who was replaced by Govind Thakur.
“However, they both limited themselves to simple transfers of teachers or the assignment of their relatives to favorable stations and did nothing to improve the quality of education,” said the leader of the ‘APA.
He also alleged that facilities like drinking water and toilets in public schools were inadequate.
Taking a dig at the state government, Bhandari said that according to the 2019-21 U-DICE report, there were a total of 18,145 public schools in the state.
Of the total, 4,096 primary schools, 318 middle schools, 468 high schools and 1,615 high schools were in poor condition and lacked basic facilities and teachers, he said.
He said that if elected to office, the AAP would work to improve conditions in public schools across the state.