The Gujarat State School Commission Bill 2013,which was returned without any changes to the Legislative Assembly by Governor Dr Kamla Beniwal with special remarks for reconsideration,was again passed by the Gujarat government on Thursday,the last day of the monsoon session.
The bill,first passed by the government in April,proposes to form a special commission for the recruitment of teachers and headmasters in registered private primary,secondary and higher secondary grant-in-aid schools,except schools run by minority trusts and controlled by state government and local bodies. Unaided schools have also been exempted.
The governor,in her remarks,said,Of the total 6,000 schools,1,500 are minority trusts and 1,000 run by state government and local bodies. Thus,the bill will not be applicable to 2,500 schools. If the objective is to provide quality education then the provisions of the bill should be applicable to all the categories.
The three-member commission includes a chairman,who holds the position of eminence in public life or in judicial service or education service. The other two members will come from the field of education. The governor objected to the fact that there was no provision for any representative of the school management. She said that since the management has the constitutional rights to run school,it should not be taken away.
State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma said,The constitution has given the rights to minority-run trusts and thus,the government does not want to change any thing in their case. All Congress members were absent on Thursday.
Mangu Patel elected as deputy speaker
Ahmedabad: After 11 years,the state government elected the deputy speaker for the Legislative Assembly. BJP Gandevi MLA and former Forest Minister Mangu Patel,a tribal leader,was elected deputy speaker amid protests from Congress that had fielded Danilimda MLA Shailesh Parmar.