New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suggested a series of structural reforms in education ranging from schools to universities. Modi emphasised on the functioning of Niti Ayog which is entitled to focus on the government’s mission on ‘grade-wise learning for each class’ and the overhauling of University Grants Commission and All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).
The Prime Minister took a series of decisions in a meeting with Niti Ayog and HRD top brass, including Minister Smriti Irani. A senior HRD official said, “Access to school education has more or less been achieved. The problem is with quality. The meeting emphasised on outcomes, be it school or higher education. Equal emphasis was laid on vocational education.”
The Prime Minister expressed his disappointment over the functioning of UGC/AICTE and asked Niti Ayog to recommend big changes so that they can address present concerns in higher and technical education.
In school education, it was decided that students will be asked to evaluate their teachers and a university may be started to train teachers. The School board will display the minimum grade-wise learning goals from Classes 1 to 8.
As far as funding goes, HRD sources said that a substantial component of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) will be linked to learning outcomes and fund release will depend a lot on quality.
For weaker students, it has been decided that remedial classes be started and at regular intervals, national/ regional workshops will be held for sharing best practices.
While a decision on doing away with the ‘no-detention policy’ was not taken, it was decided that till then Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation should continue in a rigorous fashion.
In some schools, the teachers are also made to do non teaching work and taking this issue into an account, the PM suggested that schools will be mandated to put photographs of teachers to avoid proxy teachers doing the job of permanent ones.
Teachers’ profiles will be linked to Aadhar and to deal with their distorted ratio in rural and urban India, teachers will be regularly transferred to rural schools. In secondary education, the PM also suggested introduction of 800 vocational courses as part of the syllabus.
@ Agency report.