Former Maharashtra additional chief secretary Leena Mehendale, in a purview of making education system of India stronger, said, “Bring in reforms in education, increase budget five-folds and give many-fold increase to the budget of vocational education."
According to Mehendale, emphasis should be given to the use of TV for cost-reduction of vocational education and private TV channels should be asked to use 10 per cent of their time on this.
Mehendale, who is also a member of the Central Administrative Tribunal, said, “The government should strictly implement the Unnikrishnan judgment on capitation fee of Supreme Court even at school level to stop the menace of capitation fee in schools. Private institutions sought and got the status of Deemed University and unilaterally started acting as if the judgement does not apply to them. The government has connived at them. They should be brought under the fold once again."
Mehendale while commenting on the government aids to costly schools, said, “The government should stop supporting costly schools by land-grant, tax-exemptions, recognition and instead give premium for education in mother-tongue.”
“Facilities for sanitation, hygiene, sports and arts in schools, providing for adequate creches for working parents and supporting small-duration classes for children of wandering labour like sugar-cane harvesters should be a part of the reforms,” added Mehendale.
Mehendale, concluded by saying, “Emphasis should be given on value education and inculcating values like truth, equality, non-violence, harmony, nationalism, freedom, friendship, efficiency and commitment.”