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Rajasthan government decides not to implement Public Private Partnership school education policy
The Government of Rajasthan (GOR) has put its policy decision for Public Private Partnership (PPP) in School Education in state in abeyance since it was being opposed by the teacher unions and social activists.

Social activists were opposing the move because in the long run, it was going to be detrimental to the education of the poor and the rural girls. They had been pressing for educational reforms and improving the quality of education in government schools.

"Though the teachers unions of government schools have welcomed the decision of the GOR for put the PPP mode of education on back burner for the time being, but it should also work as a wake-up call for the government school teachers to perform and improve the learning outcomes of the children since the parents are rejecting the poor quality of the government schools leading to shutting down and mergers of schools, meaning thereby the reduced government job opportunities in the school system," said retired teacher Prabha Kishore while reacting to the news.

Earlier, the GOR had cleared the policy for PPP mode of school education in a bid to improve the quality of education in the dismally performing state government schools. In the coming session, as a pilot phase, 300 rural schools were going to be run on PPP mode by withdrawing government teachers and accommodating them in other schools.

Many think that looking at public resent by the parents, activists, teacher associations and recent by-poll results against the ruling party, the policy of PPP mode of school education cleared last year has been put in cold storage.

Even the proposal at the MHRD for model School under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode has been put under review and the selection process of private partners has been cancelled.  It is high time, the school education reform schemes should be strengthened and systemic reforms must take place for government teachers, schools and management to implement the existing schemes effectively.

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