Suriya has slammed the National Education Policy 2019 and expressed concerns over the plight of government school students and those students writing NEET.
Speaking at the 40th anniversary celebrations of Sri Sivakumar Educational and Charitable Trust/Agaram Foundation in Chennai, he said, “The policy has not reached people yet. Most students and parents are not aware of the draft. The draft suggests entrance exams from third standard itself.”
He added: “How is it fair to conduct a common entrance examination without providing equal education to everyone? This is a matter concerning the lives of 30 crore students. So, this can change only if parents and teachers take initiatives to ensure the right education for their children. Everyone should have their say on the draft and voice out their opinion.”
Stating it was important to raise awareness about the draft National Education Policy, as it would affect 30 crore students in India, he added: “The concern is that again and again… The focus is on exams, qualifying exams and entrance exams, but not on accessible quality education to all students.”
“The primary education of tribals and poor rural students would be affected, as 1,848 schools would be closed”, he said and pointed out that over 60% students were from rural areas.
Talking about the three-language policy, Suriya said it would discourage students from going to schools. He added: “How will they attend classes? I myself find it challenging to teach third language to my kids.”