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. S. V. Nagamani, Principal
Canyon Higher Secondary School, Bhopal
It feels great that we are asked to share our views and to be a part of the formulation of a new education policy. I believe that no education policy will be effective unless it is made in accordance with the employment policy and social set up of that country. Making parents responsible for the shortage of attendance of the children in schools will be a laudable step as already suggested by some people.
(1) An “earn while you learn” programme should be introduced to make children aware of the value of money, to reduce the financial burden on parents and more importantly, to keep children away from social networking sites.
(2) Skill development programmes should be introduced for students who are not strong academically after class VIII (although there is a lot of hue and cry all around against the present policy of not detaining children up to class VIII, I personally support this). At the entry level, salary or stipends should be same for all types of jobs so that children can pursue the career of their choice without much pressure from parents.
(3) As there is a dearth of quality teachers in this sector, I strongly feel that, if not for testing the aptitude of the teaching staff, we should at least test the aptitude of principals before appointing them. The right candidate should be appointed as the head of a school and they should be trained to impart life skills to the students, rather than subject knowledge for which, there are many sources available. To identify the temper of the child and suggests a career option that suits him, I think, there is no harm if we take the help of ancient sciences like astrology, numerology along with present day aptitude tests.
(4) Keeping our social setup in mind, schools should be permitted to set up old age homes in their campuses so that children can be sensitized towards the old.
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