'Casteism Forcing Karnataka Dalit Kids to Private Schools': Rohini Nilekani

Published: 24th September 2015 04:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th September 2015 04:52 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Caste issues at the pre-school level are forcing dalit children to move to private schools, educationist Rohini Nilekani said on Wednesday.

At a seminar on ‘Early childhood education in anganwadis -- partnerships and opportunities’ organised by Akshara Foundation on Wednesday, she expressed concern over the manner in which dalit children are being treated at anganwadis.

Rohini also highlighted the fact that Indian children are not being exposed to developing vocabulary.

“Recent researches show that children at pre-school level are exposed to vocabulary, but this is not happening in India,” she said.

After inaugurating the seminar, Minister for Women and Child Welfare Umashree said the child safety policy will be approved within 15 days.

The minister also announced a life-term pension of Rs 3,000 per month for victims of acid attacks.

She also said the government will pay the medical fees of up to Rs 20 lakh of poor acid attack victims undergoing treatment in private hospitals.

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