CPM slams use of green boards in Kerala schools

CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said the move was ludicrous and the government should improve the infrastructure facilities at schools.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:June 30, 2014 1:15 am

The CPM on Sunday jumped into a controversy over use of dark green writing boards at a some government schools at the Muslim-dominated Malappuram district.

Though green boards are preferred over black ones, the controversy erupted on the ground that the education department is handled by Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), which has a green flag.

CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said the move was ludicrous and the government should improve the infrastructure facilities at schools.

“The bid to communalize education would be resisted,’’ he said.

Education minister P K Abdu Rabb said the controversy was unwanted and green writing boards are in use in educational institutions everywhere.

The controversy began when a government school in the minister’s constituency in Malappuram had switched to green board from the traditional blackboard.

Another IUML Legislator C Mammootty envisaged supplying green boards in all 33 government schools in his constituency Thirur.

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