No govt could control Kerala Higher Education: Sarah Joseph

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Chennai, Jan 5 (UNI) Noted Malayalam writer Sarah Joseph today said neither the Left nor the Rightist governments could bring in any substantial change in the higher education sector of Kerala as private management instititutions almost fully controlled the field keeping higher education beyond the reach of a vast section of the people in the state.

Participating in a meet-the-press programme of the Tamil Nadu unit of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists, she said such a situation would not have developed had successive governments taken adequate care to control the private managements in the past.

Ms Joseph, who is in the city to receive the Kalainjar Karunanidhi Literary Award instituted by the Book Sellers and Publishers' Association of South India, said even though the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government had brought in a legislation to impose little restrictions, it was challenged in the courts.

With more and more government schools being closed, school education was also remaining beyond the reach of the common man, she said.

Paddy fields were being reclaimed not only for constructing hi-tech cities and international convention centres but also for building ''five star schools'' to cater to the needs of the privileged, she said.

Ms Joseph said it was a welcome sign that the marginalised sections were now building up resistance movements in several parts of the state without the support of established political parties.

Ms Joseph, the first Malayalee writer to get the 'Kalaignar Award, expressed her gratitude to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for giving great recognition to writers by donating Rs one crore to the corpus of the award.

She is among the five writers selected for the award which carries a cash prize of Rs one lakh each.

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