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. Naveen Mahesh, Director
HLC International School, Chennai
Education must be privatized. India can never hope to implement government-run schools any time in the future. The fastest way to change for the better is to move towards a partnership where the private sector is in charge or handling all academic matters including, but not restricted to, teacher recruitment. It is quite known that the worst private schools are run better than any government school.
Teachers must be well versed with the standards of teaching and must provide details of such performance to locally (school-level) appointed managers (also from the private sector). Education is, mostly, about subject-matter content in most Indian curricula, whereas, in the West, the content deals with skill development. Similarly, we too must work towards higher standards of curricula and relax scoring in the early years to avoid public backlash. Instead, the Government is reducing the standard of education and wants to boast of a good pass percentage. Unless we move to a skill-oriented curriculum, we will never be able to produce citizens that possess the competencies to be problem solvers and trailblazers.
State governments are ruling schools today. The state departments can pass any law and can make private schools dance to any tune. They are not held accountable to anything. For example, the State government forces schools buses to get clearance from the RTO office. This must be changed to a private-public task. If not, the RTO too is able to plant conditions on school owners and schools. This makes it difficult for us to appeal to the government. The government should majorly play the role of a facilitator and help people that are striving to make a difference in this field.
Education is one more sector in India where the people who dictate terms and conditions know little of the nuances and the difficulties of managing and operating schools.
I hope that Mr. Narendra Modi’s government embraces private educators allowing parents to have choices while admitting their wards.
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