We asked India’s leading educators and academicians about the reforms in the education sector that they would recommend to the Modi government over the next 5 years. This is what had to say.
Mr. Shyam Agrawal, Director
Queens’ College, Indore
Some of the bottlenecks that must be done away with in order to facilitate improvement in the quality of education are listed below:
1. The Right to Education Act (RTE) has created a great uproar among private concerns and they are vehemently protesting against the same. The “midday meal scheme” put forward by the government is also facing the same fate.
One solution could be to ask all private institutes to adopt one government or government-aided school in their respective neighbourhood. The government schools, in many cases have a decent infrastructure, but suffer from students regularly dropping out. If private schools adopt the nearby government schools, there can be a proper use of infrastructure, resources and the teachers will be guided well. The government can provide a fixed and considerable remuneration to the private schools. A financial memorandum that has a time limit can be drafted. In this way, the private-public partnership can be strengthened.
2. A single central board of education throughout the nation is a necessity. In our country, because of varied boards of secondary education, there is a wide variance in knowledge and information imparted to students across the country. This could be a hindrance to students seeking and, at times, top achievers are unnecessarily overrated. The medium of instruction should not be a constraint in the implementation of a single centralized system of secondary education in the country. A unanimously set framework, predetermined parameters for tests and assessments and a comprehensive pedagogy is the need of the hour.
3. The CCE pattern is overly exaggerated, especially in classes IX and X. Till class X, a student is provided with a comfortable atmosphere to cater to their social and emotional needs and allows them to be inspired to enhance their creative and curious pursuits. However, the consequences of this are only seen in XI and XII. Students get distracted and cannot take the pressure of pure academics and the theoretical approach of subjects in higher classes. In XI and XII, the same student who experienced an ‘at ease’ environment is expected to appear for IIT, JEE or other competitive exams requiring them to specialise in some subjects. The purpose of the CCE is defeated. If we are focusing on the holistic development of a child and stressing on the point that they should be allowed to hone their skills and showcase their latent talent in their areas of interest, we should also allow for such an environment in classes XI and XII where they can choose a course or stream which interests them. Post this, a paradigm shift in the competitive exams will be a much needed change.
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