The Kerala Education Bill:
Background to Policy.
Following is the full
text of a Press release issued on the 19th August 1957.
The aim and purpose of the Education Bill now on the anvil
of the Kerala Legislative Assembly have been explained
in detail by the Minister for Education himself and by
his colleagues in the Council of Ministers, besides having
been clarified in official hand-outs to the Press and
utterances by impartial leaders of public opinion. There
has, however, been a continuing campaign against the Bill,
mainly from a section of the people who seems to feel
that their particular sectional and denominational interests
and rights should be protected even against the common
good of the community at large in so far as educational
activities are concerned. Other interests, which have
no stake in the matter, except prospects of political
profit, have been fanning the flames of the controversy.
Opponents of the Bill are now attempting to mislead opinion
outside the State, on the basis of the false allegation
that the Bill is totalitarian in character, that it is
expropriating in intent and that its ulterior purpose
is to taint the content of education in the State according
to a certain political ideology. The false propaganda
is, indeed, so warped as to magnify and destort the present
Education Minister’s personal experiences as a teacher
in a private-owned educational institution and plausibly
to conclude that the entire Education Bill is an act of
vengeance on the Private Management of schools and colleges.
While the solid support which the thoughtful, unbiased
and altruistic sections of the people have, from the very
start, given to Governments measure of educational reform
is greatly reassuming, it has become necessary, in order
to counter the baneful effects of high-powered propaganda,
both inside the State and outside, to reiterate the rationale
of the Education Bill and to appeal to the people, once
again, to study the Bill in detail and help to create
that climate of understanding and accommodation which
is necessary for every public reform.
Finally, it is the duty of all citizens to see that; the
Education Bill now before the Assembly is discussed in
a calm and peace atmosphere devoid of sectarian passions
or political pressures so that a peace of legislation;
which would; affect the lives of thousands of teachers
and the entire generations, of students, now and in the
future, is discussed, shaped and finalised by the chosen
representatives of the people.