Education cannot be a business product: Kalam

Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said here that education should not be treated as business and called for an integrated delivery of education at the primary level by involving parents, students and teachers.

At an interactive session with students and teachers of National High School here as part of its centenary celebrations, Kalam said: “One should not treat education as a business product or system. Primary level education needs to be delivered in an integrated way. There have to be great teachers and good syllabus which can promote affinity among parents, students and teachers.”

He said he envisioned an India without crimes against women and children and where nobody felt alienated in the society.

He said there should be a thin line between urban and rural divide and social and economic conditions should not come in the way of denying value-based education to meritorious students.

“There should be an equitable distribution and adequate access to energy and quality water,” Kalam said. (IANS)