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.
Mrs. Kamini Saxena, Principal
Dr. Kalmadi Shamarao High School (Primary & Secondary Section), Pune
The field of education is a key one and reforms must be made in this field first, if we want to bring about societal changes. Three suggestions that I would like to make are as follows:
Redefine the Purpose of Education System: The British introduced this system of education to find helping hands in administration. But today, we need to redefine the purpose of education, as one which creates entrepreneurs, innovators, scientists, etc. This would be possible only if we have a national uniform curriculum in the core subjects like English, Maths and Science. Keeping in mind the diversity of India, regional History and Geography for the lower classes can be taught. These students must gradually be taught Indian History and Geography, along with the regional language.
Education should be a part of the Union List, rather than the Concurrent List to iron out the disparities in the operation of various boards.
Skill-based Education and Vocational Courses: Skill-based education and vocational courses will help control the rising tide of mediocrity and will also help to improve the employability in the skilled sector. Specialization in these vocational courses could be given after class X through various diploma courses. These subjects are to be offered to students from class XI .This would work wonders for
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Students who find a particular subject difficult would have the choice of a vocational subject. Furthermore, the “No Fail” policy could be relooked into. This policy is not preparing the children to face failures. Life is not a bed of roses, in reality. The roots of a plant have to be healthy and strong for the plant to grow into a healthy tree and one that is able to face the onslaught of nature. An increase in the number of suicides in the youth is seen as they are not prepared to face failures in life.
Teacher Training and Evaluation: Continuous teacher training to keep abreast with the latest in methodology, content, technology, delivery, etc. should be made mandatory. Doing so will reflect in the performance of the children. The efficiency of such trainings should be measurable and actionable. They should not just be an addition to the teacher’s resume but should also, add value to a child’s learning.
An appropriate 3600 evaluation of the teacher by the students, parents and school authorities, and maybe, by a third party should be done. A good performance should be rewarded. A benchmark for the same has to be thought about, like in the corporate sector. Once the teaching field is equally competitive in all spheres, many more skilled, well trained, passionate and smarter individuals would choose to become a teacher. An education exam could be conducted on the lines of Indian Administrative Services. The status of the teacher in society has to be positioned in such a way that it becomes respectable to be a teacher, not just noble.
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