The Congress party, on Saturday, questioned the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant-led government’s intention to ‘stop’ vocational courses in higher secondary schools across Goa from the next academic year.
The opposition party said that any unilateral decision in this regard will hinder the development of the younger generation’s skills.
“Instead of creating employment for our local youth, this government is interested in taking unilateral decisions against their interest, creating more and more joblessness. We request the government to spell out their intention clearly as to why they want to stop these vocational courses all of a sudden after almost 32 years. This will not only cause several problems for over 250-odd teaching and non-teaching staff, but to over 4,000 students every year who admit themselves to different vocational streams in Std XI,” Congress president Girish Chodankar said, in a statement issued here.
“When the government thinks of making changes in the educational system, stakeholders’ opinion should be taken into account. However, we see that the current dispensation is creating polices secretly, and that is not the best way forward for our already depleting economy. We want the government to have a dialogue and discuss the pros and cons and make a proper roadmap for the future before arriving to any decision on stopping these vocational courses,” it reads further.
Chodankar also questioned the government as to what alternative arrangement has been made to accommodate these 250-odd staff and over 4000 students, who want to pursue their education through vocational streams.