How educated are the Goa Ministers?

With the on-going deliberations over education and in particular the Medium of Instruction (MoI), GoaChronicle.com decided to pull up the affidavits filed by the Congress-led government Cabinet Ministers during their 2007 elections. Here is what we found.

Of the twelve ministers in the Congress-led government in Goa; the Chief Minister has completed his Bachelors in Science from Bombay University, similarly Ramkrishna Dhavalikar, Transport Minister has completed his Bachelor in Science from Chowgule College in Margao, while the Environment and Power Minister Alexio Sequeira to has completed his Bachelors in Commerce from the Damodar College of Commerce and Health & Agriculture Minister besides completing his Bachelor of Commerce has also done his MBA from TA Pai Manipal University; though in the Official Goa Government website it states that the Health Minister has completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management.

Home Minister Ravi Naik has completed in Masters in Arts from the Madurai Kamaraj University in 2000. Though in his affidavit no mention has been made about the school or college where he would have completed his SSC, HSC or Bachelors education. But in the Official Goa Government website under the category of Education, the Home Minister shows a blank space.

Education Minister Babush Monserrate in his affidavit mentioned that he has completed his SSC from St Theresa High School, Bandra. However in 2008, a Goa-based NGO headed by Advocate Aires Rodrigues took the matter to court, since St Theresa High School records show that the minister only studied till Standard VIII in that school. While the petition of the NGO was dismissed on account of ‘no locus standi’, the minister has claimed that he will produce his proof that he has passed SSC at the right forum if ever asked.

PWD Minister Churchill Alemao in his affidavit mentions nothing in the section of education. Though in the Official Goa Government website it clearly states under education – ‘Portuguese Education’; whether that indicates to any formal education whether Portuguese or Indian is hard to comprehend.

Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao in his affidavit states that he has studied up to Standard VII at the St Mary’s School in Varca.

Yet another SSC passed minister is the Revenue Minister who passed out his 10th standard from the Fr Agnel High School, Pilar; while Forest & Water Resources Minister had completed in SSC and did a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering as part of his education.

Manohar ‘Babu’ Azgaonkar the Sports Minister of Goa is also a 10th Standard pass and completing his education in HSC is the Tourism Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar.

58 per cent of the ministers currently in the Goa cabinet have education qualification of Higher Secondary School and below. While 42 per cent of the ministers have completed their graduation, two of them have done their Masters, while one Filipe Neri Rodrigues though having completed his SSC education went on to do his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.



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