Holding that there were two education systems being run in the country, one for the rich and the other for the poor, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has said that merging the two to provide equal opportunities for all was the biggest challenge facing the government.
"Two types of education are running parallel in our country and making them one is a big challenge before us," Kumar said.
"Students of low income group in villages, towns and slums are being provided education in irresponsible manner, while private schools of excellent category are there for children of rich families where high fees are charged," she said.
"It is parallel education like rail tracks and merging them for making equal education for all is a big challenge," the Speaker said, while recalling her early school days in Delhi where a driver's daughter also studied with her.
Addressing 68th Foundation Day Celebrations of the University of Rajasthan, Kumar said much attention was given to improving higher education but there was still a long way to go to fulfill the needs and aspirations of today's youth.
"Several institutions of higher education were set up but we are lacking behind when it comes to quality of education. Therefore, there is a need for improvement in the education system," she said.
Kumar also laid emphasis on women's education and called upon youths to eradicate the social evils of casteism and dowry.
Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva also addressed the function and, highlighting shortcomings in the education system, asked stakeholders to make sincere efforts for improvement.