Stepping up his attack on the Centre’s New National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, DMK Chairman MK Stalin said on Saturday that it was an attempt to “impose” Hindi and Sanskrit, and vowed to fight against it by joining the hands of like-minded politicians. parties and chief ministers of other states.
The sweeping reforms were not a new educational policy but “a shining layer on the oppressive old Manusmriti,” he said.
In a letter to supporters, MP Stalin said the party was committed to fighting such government policies, and recalled that it is (also) moving the Madras High Court on the issue of the OBC reservation in All India Quota (AIQ) in medical admissions.
There was an “undeclared emergency” in the country, he said, referring to the detention of political figures in Jammu and Kashmir, among others.
Regarding NEP, he questioned why the “successful” 10 + 2 system was being replaced by 5 + 3 + 3 + 4 and described the vocational training of children as a “psychological attack” against them.
He added: “With education inscribed on the State List, the Center will assume the remaining rights of the States and assume its control (going aspects) from the curriculum to the university.”
“This is an attack on the federal structure underlined by the Constitution of India,” MP Stalin said in the letter.
DMK therefore opposed the NEP and will also join other like-minded political parties and leading ministers on the issue, he added.