‘Education has done little to curb atrocities’

CANACONA: Expressing anguish of the degradation of values, Sports and Tribal Welfare Minister Ramesh Tawadkar has stated that education had done little to curb animal instincts and atrocities in society.

Without directly mentioning the ongoing outrage and protests over the gangrape of a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus at Delhi, Tawadkar said: “It is unfortunate that education has not penetrated enough in our lives to overcome the animal instinct. So many rapes and atrocities in society are an indication that we lack in value-based education.”

Tawadkar was addressing an orientation programme on ‘Joyful Learning’ for government primary teachers of Canacona, in collaboration with Directorate of Tribal Welfare and Directorate of Education.

Tawadkar informed that the State government has examined around 36 lakh sq. metres of land at Muthal-Sadolxem to develop an educational hub in the taluka.

“Talks are underway with the Communidade of Poinguinim to get this land. But merely having infrastructure is not enough and we need children with good values. Accordingly, we also have plans to hold orientation programmes for the young ones,” the minister said.

Director of Higher Education Bhaskar Naik, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan ex-State project Director Pandurang Nadkarni, State awardee and former headmaster Ulhas Pai Bhatikar, educationist Arvind Neugi, Canacona ADEIs Sharada Dessai, Ganesh Shet and Babaji Kothulkar were also present at the orientation programme. [H]