Not going to point out mistakes, says Arvind Kejriwal

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was quick to realize that his comment about Assam’s education system did not go down well with Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and tweeted on Friday that his intention was not to “point out mistakes” and that “we must learn from each other” to make the country stronger.

Earlier, Sarma took offense at Kejriwal’s tweet and tweeted him back asking him to “do his homework”.

The entire episode of struggle between the two prime ministers was the result of a move by the Assam government to punish the schools that failed to act. The government of Assam asked 34 schools to close because the students at the school underperformed the Assam board exams. None of the students from the 34 schools passed the HSC exams.

Kejriwal had tweeted on Wednesday that closing schools is not a solution and that more schools should be opened across the country, sharing a link to a news story claiming some schools in Assam were “closed”.

Sarma took to Twitter on Thursday to lash out at Kejriwal over the merging of schools, asking him to “do his homework” before commenting.

“Dear @ArvindKejriwal Ji, as usual you commented on something without homework! Please note that since my days as education minister, Assam’s government has established/acquired 8,610 new schools so far,” Sarma tweeted.

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He had also asked how many schools the Delhi government has established in the past seven years.

The head of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) responded to Sarma’s tweet on Friday.

“Oh, looks like you took offense. I didn’t mean to point out your mistakes. We are all one country. We need to learn from each other, then only India will become the number one country,” Kejriwal said in his tweet in Hindi.

He went on to say that he was willing to visit Assam and asked Sarma when he would go to the northeastern state.

“You show me your good work in education. If you come to Delhi, I will show you the work in Delhi,” he said.

Kejriwal had tweeted on Wednesday in response to a news story claiming that the Assam government had closed 34 schools due to poor results.

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Sarma later claimed that since his tenure as Minister of Education, the state government has provincialized or taken over private schools from 2013 to present in the government fold and this includes 6,802 primary schools and 1,589 secondary schools, 81 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, three Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Avashik Vidyalaya and 97 tea garden model schools.

Later in the day, Sarma shared some of the differences between Delhi and Assam in a series of tweets, mocking Kejriwal.

“Dear @ArvindKejriwal Ji, your ignorance is painful. Let me help you. Assam is 50 times bigger than Delhi! Our 44521 government schools teach 65 lakh students – against your 1000 schools. Our army of dedicated teachers number 2 lakh ; Luncheon workers 1.18 lakh. Find out?” he wrote on the microblogging website.

In another tweet, Sarma said: “And yes, if you are in Assam, what you want so much, I will take you to our medical colleges, 1000 times better than your Mohalla clinic. Also meet our smart Govt school teachers and students ,” and added in Hindi, “Stop worrying about making India #1, Modiji is doing that.”

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Sarma also tweeted: “We teach in six media, including 14 different tribal languages. Our diversity is something we are proud of, nurture and allow it to thrive through our unique education system. And yes, we don’t have resources like that.” in Delhi. We are proud of what we have and do!”

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