80% Govt Schools In India Worse Than Junkyards: Kejriwal Writes To PM Modi

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday alleging that over 80% government schools in India are worse than junkyards.

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the launch of a centrally-sponsored scheme named PM SHRI Schools (PM ScHools for Rising India) under which over 14,000 schools, including Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas, will be developed and upgraded.

Kejriwal, however, said the decision to modernise 14,500 schools was like a “drop of water in the ocean”, and urged the PM to upgrade all 10 lakh government schools in the country,

“In India, 27 crore students go to school daily, out of which 18 crore students go to government schools. The condition of 80 per cent government schools is worse than a junkyard. If we are giving such education to crores of our children, imagine how the country will be developed,” Kejriwal stated in his letter written in Hindi.

“You have made a plan for the modernisation of 14,500 schools but if we work at this pace, it will take 100 years to upgrade all our government schools. I request you to prepare a plan for the redevelopment of all 10 lakh government run schools in the country,” the Delhi CM added.

The PM SHRI Yojana was announced on the occasion of Teachers Day, on September 5.

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