India to make ‘pre-school education’ mandatory
India has set to become the first country to make pre-school educational and training mandatory for all children, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the plan.
Read moreThe move comes amid a wave of political and social unrest in the country following the death of a teenage girl, whose body was found inside her home on Friday.
Police say the body of a 17-year-old girl was found in her home in the town of Bhiwandi on Friday, nearly four months after she disappeared.
She had been missing since January 3.
In her statement to police, the girl said she had been forced into prostitution, and had been sexually abused by her parents.
She also claimed that her family had taken her away from her school to the home of a relative, who later killed her and disposed of her body in a plastic bag.
She said that she had spent nearly two months living in the home, and was never able to go to school, and that her parents were reluctant to let her out of the house.
The girl said that her sister and mother also lived in the house, and also used to pick her up.
The girls brother also said he had not been able to visit them since she went missing.
The Home Ministry announced the new scheme in December, with the aim of providing “school education and training” to all children by the end of the year.
Under the plan, parents will have to provide “school textbooks and equipment”, and a “teacher-teacher team” will be set up to provide basic “training” to parents.
Children under 18 will also be required to attend school, with those aged between 15 and 18 having to attend a “pre-primary school”.
According to a statement released by the ministry, the government is planning to introduce the new programme on April 1.
Sources in the ministry said that “more than 80 schools” are currently under the scheme, and “the government has been looking for a solution to the issue of the under-achieving children of the country”.