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Focus on Quality and Innovation

The next government must promote technology-based education, introduce an Indian Education Service, and ensure that every child is in school.

WHAT TO DO NOW
  • Appoint a human resource development minister who understands that quality in school education, that is children learning well, is what will determine India’s fate in the coming decades.
  • Announce an annual Rs.100-crore National Innovation Fund for Education to award grants to selected projects pro-posed by colleges, District Institutes of Education and Training, companies, schools and individuals.
  • Provide free broadband Internet to schools.
TO DO IN 100 DAYS
  • Create a national blueprint for school education to outline a five-year vision and ensure every child is able to read and write by Class IV. It should also list how schools, funding agencies, NRIs, private companies and individuals can contribute towards this.
  • Plan annual student assessments to track learning and commit India to participating in international benchmarking studies such as the Programme for International Student Assessment, and Trends in Mathematics and Science study.
  • Enact a law that makes it compulsory for parents to send their wards to school. Parents will be liable to punishment—say with forced community service—if their children are not in school.
SEE THROUGH IN 1 YEAR
  • Launch information and mindset campaigns to make parents, teachers and the society understand the importance of education and dangers of rote learning.
  • Announce national talent tests at Class VI besides workshops to spot talent early and prevent students from dropping out.
  • Introduce biometric attendance systems to ensure students and teachers attend schools.
  • Introduce regular assessments of teachers and academic support staff focusing on content and pedagogical knowledge. This will help identify areas in which they need professional development.
  • Ensure all schools have a website with all details about the institution.
  • Private school tees should be decontrolled but must be transparently shared on this website. Parents and members of the public can add comments, including through SMS.
COMPLETE IN 3 YEARS
  • Set up a National Science of Learning Centre comprising centres for reading, research on intelligent teaching systems, elementary mathematics research. Declare them as institutes of national importance, give them autonomy and funding on a par with IlTs.
  • Make available free online video-based teacher training courses in various Indian languages.
  • Modernise school education boards, institutions and examinations, focusing on research and technology.
  • Allow outcome-based private remedial centres to be set up.
  • REFORM AND MODERNISE SCHOOL EDUCATION BOARDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
IMPLEMENT IN 5 YEARS
  • Introduce an Indian Education Service on the lines of the Indian Administrative Service. In the mean time, ensure fixed tenures for bureaucrats in education departments.
  • Include pre-schools in the schooling system and combine elementary and secondary schools.
  • Take steps to reduce fragmentation of schools by combining them and providing free transport to children living far from combined schools rather than building schools close to every habitation.
  • Make district education officials responsible for the quality of private schools. Provide laptops, tablets to a third of top performing teachers each year.
  • Focus on creativity, entrepreneurship, non-academic and co-curricular areas.
  • Create a resource of videos, teaching material and assessment questions encouraging creation of high-quality content in multiple Indian languages.
  • Create an IT teacher support tool to provide both content and pedagogical support. This will allow them to identify their strengths; provide information on common mistakes and misconceptions students have on these topics; provide sample videos of teachers teaching the topic. The tool can be accessed by teachers any-time and from anywhere.
Educational Initiatives

Educational Initiatives

Founded by a group of IIMA alumni, with ample personal experience of educational institutions, Educational Initiatives (EI) is an effort to ensure every child learns with understanding.

Established in 2001, Educational Initiatives believes in making a difference in education through personalized learning and ensuring that students learn with understanding.

EI has over 15 years of expertise in education, with a deep understanding of child psychology and efficient methods of teaching, based on detailed research and a formidable database of student learning through ASSET.

Our detailed research has proven that children today respond to rote-based questions relatively well, however, they fail to answer unfamiliar or application based questions due to unclear core concepts.
Educational Initiatives