‘Army chief should do what he is supposed to do’
Education Minister Syed Altaf Bukhari Saturday hit out at Army General Bipin Rawat and asked him to not to give sermons on education to the state and instead focus on his own job.
“Any non academician commenting on the education system of the state isn’t acceptable to us,” Bukhari told reporters at the inauguration ceremony of the Chief Minster's Super 50 coaching programme for civil services at SP Higher Secondary school, here.
He was reacting to Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s controversial statement questioning two maps and flags in the classrooms in J&K schools and calling for revamp of State’s education system.
“The job of education should be left to academicians alone and people giving sermons to the state should focus on their own job,” the minister said adding, “Perhaps the people who are giving sermons on how we should run education sector are not doing their job properly and that's why we are suffering”.
The minister said he was proud of the J&K Board of School Education as it has produced a great number of stalwarts, who have brought laurels for the country.
He advised the army chief to focus on his own job.
“The army chief is a well-respected and decorated officer. He is a professional and I have no doubt about his professionalism. But I don’t think he is an educationist who can give sermons on education,” Bukhari said.
“I don’t think the society would accept sermons on education from non-educationists. I would welcome the sermons from educationist that how to run the education system,” he said.
Bukhari said the education is the domain of the state and he knows how to run it.
“I would be glad that if army does what it is supposed to do and leave us to do what we are supposed to do. Our Chief Minister is capable enough to take decisions regarding the improvement of education department,” he said.
The Education Minister said the Army chief should rather concentrate on his own job.
"Let him (Army chief) do his own job, I am doing mine. If the borders are protected, the incidents of violence will come down," he said.
The minister said India is a democratic country and the Army cannot have a control over everything.
"Perhaps he (Army chief) knows it and I know it very well," he said.
Advising the Army Chief to exercise restrain while commenting on issues other than the security related matters, Bukhari said, “I think those sermonizing us should do their duties in a more professional manner so as to ease the sufferings of a common man in Jammu and Kashmir.”
He said trespassing the defined mandates tantamount to committing brazen injustice with duties assigned to people by the constitution.
“Army has its own role and let them play the same with utmost responsibility,” added Bukhari.
Army chief General had said yesterday that teachers in J&K schools were teaching two maps to the students which imbibes a sense of separate identity in them.
He had also claimed that some stonepelting youth are from the government schools and the schools like the Delhi Public School never produce such students.