Ex Chief Minister & Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday questioned the event organised by the state government during the launch of the new National Education Policy on Friday.

He said that education standards have been plummeting continuously in Haryana since the BJP government came to power.

“Instead of opening new schools, the government closed more than 1,000 schools. In seven years, the government did not take out a single post for JBT recruitment. Instead of giving jobs, the present government has been snatching the jobs of PTI and drawing teachers. Instead of recruiting, the government has cancelled recruitments like PGT Sanskrit, TGT English,” the former Chief Minister remarked. Hooda said about 50,000 posts are lying vacant in the Education Department today due to this attitude of the government.

“The government only talks about education and the fact is that 50 per cent of the schools in the state do not even have a head teacher. In such a situation, it is unfortunate that the BJP-JJP government is celebrating the new education policy,” he said.

Hooda reminded how Haryana was emerging as a global education hub on the world map during the Congress government. “During our government, we established one central university, seven state universities, 23 deemed universities, 35 government colleges, 481 technical institutes, six medical colleges, 132 industrial training institutes and 2,623 schools in the state. We had established Rajiv Gandhi Education City project and students from all over the country and the world started coming to Haryana to get education,” he recounted.

“The work on institutions sanctioned during the Congress government were suspended and cancelled during the present government,” he said.

The former Chief Minister said Kisan Model Schools were started to improve the level of education in rural areas during the Congress government but these were closed by the BJP government.

“In such a situation, slogans of the new education policy are only part of the event management plan of the BJP. The standard of education cannot be raised without strengthening the basic infrastructure of education,” Bhupinder Hooda said.

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