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Religious fanatism in schools will not be tolerated: Partha

Statesman News Service | Kolkata |

The state government will not allow mixing of religion in education in any school, state education minister Partha Chatterjee said at the Assembly on Tuesday.

Mr Chatterjee said any attempt to teach religious fanaticism in schools will be prevented. “If it comes to our notice that schools are making attempts to imbibe religious fanatic ideas among students, the government will take appropriate action against them,” he said.

Mr Chatterjee took part in a discussion on school education department’s Budget. Partha Chatterjee said, “Schools are not places for practising “lathi khela” (stick fighting). On the issue of not providing non objection certificates( NOC) to RSS backed schools, the education minister said, “The state government did not issue NOC to around 125 such schools, however, those schools were being run by their own infrastructure.

“The authorities of those schools filed petition in Calcutta High Court against the government over this issue,” he said. Mr Chatterjee also said his department will not provide teachers for schools where student strength is far below the required strength.

Accusing the Left Fron government for the dismal state of affairs of the education department, Mr Chatterjee said, “Left Front government destroyed the school education department. It is chief minister Mamata Banerjee- led government who is trying to recover the infrastructure of theeducation system. Teachers were only involved in business and politics with during the Left Front tenure.”