The country has to decide how much it invests in IIMs and how much in primary education, former minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said on Friday. He was questioning the granting of huge funds to elite B-schools as against the meagre sums allocated to primary education.
Speaking at the inauguration of Bzzwings, a business plan contest hosted by IIM-Bangalore, Aiyar said, “We count the number of students, toilets in schools and the number of toilets for girls. What we are not measuring is the only purpose of schools, that is learning.” He was answering a question on the implementation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Aiyar pointed out that 45% of class 7 kids couldn’t read a class 2 textbook.
Taking a jibe at minister of human resource development Smriti Irani, Aiyar said, “Instead of discovering our ancient culture and how plastic surgery enabled Ganesha to wear an elephant head, Irani should focus on the problems in primary education.”