Manish Sisodia questions sacking of education advisor, asks PM Modi to visit Delhi schools with open mind
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, questioned the dismissal of Atishi Marlena who had been advising Delhi government on education reforms.
Sisodia, in a three-page letter, drew Modis attention to the hurdles created by his government after sacking Atishi Marlena.
What did you want to achieve by expelling Atishi Marlena from her post. You might have political differences with us, but not with children of Delhi. What kind of patriotism is removing people who are dedicated towards the betterment of the education system, Sisodia wrote.
The education minister, secretary or education director doesnt have to be an education expert in our country. In my opinion, this is a reason for poor quality in India's school education. We appointed Atishi, who is well-educated and experienced, as an advisor for the better future of children of Delhi, he added.
Questioning the governments intentions, Sisodia said, You are the Prime Minister of the country. You have power and you are intoxicated by the power. Using this power, you can stop any good work that is happening in the country.
The deputy CM, in his letter, spoke about how majority of the population in India relies on government schools for education. Merely 5 per cent of population is able to access the countrys best institutions. Rest of them, mostly poor, depend on government schools to educate their children. Giving better education to such children is a real patriotism, Sisodia said.
Stressing on the need to improve the quality of education, Sisodia said, The governments vision was to ensure quality education for 95 per cent of children in the country, particularly, girl students, who dont have access to its best educational facilities.
Sisodia also went on to highlight the initiatives and reforms undertaken by the government. He said, the existing infrastructure has been improved, nearly 25 per cent of the budget is allocated for education, teachers are trained, parents are involved through PTA meetings, and schools of excellence have opened. Even our opponents acknowledge that we have managed to start the process of transforming government schools, Manish Sisodia added.
To remind the PM of Atishi Marlenas qualifications, Sisodia wrote, Marlena is the advisor who extended her help to think of these schemes and the ways to successfully implement it. And for all the hard work, she just drew a salary of Re 1 per month. What are you trying to project by removing a dedicated woman like her?
The deputy CM claimed that, in the last three years, despite lack of support, there has been remarkable development work in the city.
He invited the PM to visit any Delhi government school to witness the change, and think of the message his actions are projecting. I invite you to visit Delhi schools with an open mind and make schools like this all over the country, Sisodia said.