Private players may adopt ailing govt primary schools

PANAJI : In a bid to improve conditions of ailing government primary schools, Chief Minister on Wednesday hinted that the government was considering framing a scheme for adoption of such schools by business houses of Goa which run educational institutions.
He said renowned industrialist Shrinivas Dempo, on behalf of his educational institutions, has submitted a proposal to the department of education seeking adoption of government primary schools which need support.
Speaking in the presence of Dempo and senior officials of the education department, Parsekar welcomed the proposal and called upon other business houses in the state to come forward to support the ailing government schools.
The Chief Minister said that many government primary schools are in pathetic conditions for various reasons including inadequate facilities, negligence by teachers and so on.
Goa has 820 government primary schools spreading all over the state. However, many schools are on the verge of closing down due to less number of students and other reasons.
Stating that these types of proposals, especially investment in education sector from business community, are always welcomed by the government, Parsekar said that it was a good initiative taken by the Dempo Group. However, there could be some technical problem in adopting schools by private institutions under the existing rules.
“Dempo has come forward voluntarily to adopt the government primary schools. So, the government is thinking to formulate a scheme in this regards. If necessary it would be declared in the next budget speech,” he said, maintaining that it was very important to invest in education sector by private players, which would definitely help improve facilities in this field.
Parsekar appealed to the management of educational institutions to look for new courses instead of going with the existing ones at graduation level, assuring them that the state government would encourage such additional courses in colleges so that students would not lose opportunities.