ALL INDIA CONFERENCE FOR ABOLISHING COMMERCIALISATION OF EDUCATION AND BUILDING A COMMON SCHOOL SYSTEM  
on 30th June-1st July 2012 at Chennai, India
Organised by State Platform for Common School System (SPCSS), Tamil Nadu

in association with
All India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE)

Venue: Valluvarkottam, Nungambakkam, Chennai

We,  the  members  of  students,  youth,  teachers  and  women  organizations,  trade  unions,  parents’ associations and school-level committees; organizations engaged in the struggle for Fundamental Right to  free  holistic  early  childhood  care  and  cost-free  education  of  equitable  quality  from  pre-primary  toClass  XII  and  further  for  equitable  access  to  free higher  education  as  a  democratic  Right;  groups fighting  for  equal  educational  rights  with  dignity of dalits,  tribals,  OBCs,  religious  and  linguistic minorities,   various   gender   identities   and   disabled people;   jurists,   social   scientists,   scientists, educationists,  doctors,  engineers,  lawyers,  administrators,  writers,  artists,  journalists,  researchers  and other  intellectuals/  professionals  drawn  from  20  states/  UTs  of  India  and  having  assembled  at Valluvarkottam in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India on 30th June-1st July 2012 for the ‘All India Conference for  Abolishing  Commercialization  of  Education  and  Building  a  Common  School  System’  hereby endorse and resolve to carry forward the following Declaration –

ROSA LUXEMBURG STIFTUNG SOUTH ASIAROSA LUXEMBURG STIFTUNG SOUTH ASIA

CHENNAI DECLARATION
ALL INDIA CONFERENCE FOR ABOLISHING COMMERCIALISATION
OF EDUCATION AND BUILDING A COMMON SCHOOL SYSTEM

Capitalism is in crisis as is the education system. The education system is one of the means through which capitalism wants to generate profit and reproduces itself. This crisis is evident in the aggression of capital to destroy everything which teaches dissent, generates critical thinking and questions the system. Many institutions developed by capitalism at different historical conjunctures are being put to service to this end – their facade of neutrality and the veil of ‘concern’ for people has been widely removed as they join hands to ‘implement’ what is appropriate for the market and for the current processes of capital accumulation.