Minister of Education and Sports, Radha Krishna Mainali, today said that the government is planning to introduce identity cards for those living below the poverty line so that they can have access to free education and health facilities. “The package is being brought out so that it can reach the targeted group and unless education is not tied up with poverty alleviation, education for all will only remain a dream,” said Mainali during an interaction organised by the Education Journalists’ Group. “The government is working on it,” he added. “If we can identify the targeted group and concentrate our effort on them then the problem can easily be solved,” said Mainali. Expressing hope that Maoists would not try to disrupt the SLC examination scheduled from March 27, he said that the government would find a way out of the crisis if anything untoward happened. Mainali said that in order to achieve the Education for All goals by 2015, the government is coordinating with partner agencies. “If we do not uplift the quality of public schools immediately then a decade after a situation would arise where education will be commercialised,” said Mainali.
Posted on: THT