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.
Ms. A.S. Chandra, Principal
The Aditya Birla Public School, Raipur District
(1) Teacher training courses need to be thoroughly revamped. The yesteryear model need to be replaced with one that has embraced technology and ICT-based teaching. This will cater to ‘multiple intelligences’. There needs to be a provision for mandatory in-service education and skill building programs for teachers to be able to reach out to all the categories of students.
Along with a central teacher training institute, a Teacher Training Institute (TTI) in each state, should be established. The institutes in each state could be governed by the Regional Training Institutes. There could be three entry points to the TTIs:
- After class XII – to cater to infant education at Balwadis and Aanganwadis / lower primary level
- After graduation – to cater to the requirements of upper primary and secondary level curriculum
- After post-graduation – to cater to the senior secondary level curriculum
Teachers need to be mandatorily trained to identify students who have learning disorders, such as – dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, etc. and reach out to them effectively. As many of the schools in the country cater to inclusive education, a mixed population of bright, average plus, average, slow learners and challenged students, such trainings would be helpful.
(2) Today’s education system is leading to a mediocrity, especially with the introduction of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation system, which generates uneven performers. The quality education and the benchmarking of students is needed. Thereby, a two-tier system of education with a higher benchmark and quality is essential. This will help students to choose between:
- a variety of vocational streams of relevance after the secondary or senior secondary level
- a variety of relevant graduation and post-graduation courses after senior secondary level
The gap between the medium of education and disciplines available in schools and the importance of English as a medium and disciplines being provided in vocational or professional colleges, needs to be bridged such that one becomes complementary to the other. Indian school education and university education needs to match the standards of global requirements.
(3) The government needs to plan for the education of the marginalized children of the society, be it children of the financially weaker, poorer sections, child labourers, physically challenged or mentally retarded children. Special schools, with trained teachers, is the need of the hour. Currently, the population of marginalized children is increasing manifold and the number of trained special educators is decreasing.
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“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it”
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