Saturday, 23 Jun 2018

Grade schools, change course every 5 years


Framing legal standards and benchmarks for coaching institutes, limiting ‘no-detention’ till Class V, grading schools and introducing a newcurriculum framework to replace the 2005 National Curriculum Framework (NCF) are among important recommendations made by the human resource development ministry’s panel to evolve a national education policy.
Headed by ex-Cabinet secretary T S R Subramanian, the committee has said textbooks and pedagogy should have a high ethical content so that education contributes to making for a better human being. It has recommended a review of curriculum every five years instead of 10 as is the case now. If this proposal is accepted, NCERT textbooks will change in the next few years.
“School education has to be reformed and in general terms institutional autonomy has to go together with high-level accountability,” a highly-placed source said.
The recommendations will be discussed with states and the HRD ministry plans to launch 25 programmes as part of the new education policy. The policy proposals will be soon sent to the Cabinet.
Students should face exams after Class V: Edu panel
The panel has also recommended elementary level teaching in mother tongue and a massive programme of remedial coaching in government schools. One of the important recommendations is setting up of composite schools, already in existence in Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh, so that many schools in an area can make common use of laboratories, playgrounds and other resources.
The committee has summarily rejected the ‘no-detention’ policy and said students should face examinations after Class V. “No-detention has taken away interest in teaching and quality has suffered in a big way. Right to Education Act should be amended to take away the provision of no-detention till class VIII,” a source said.
The committee has said performing states should be rewarded. Also, extra support should be given to teachers who have done outstanding papers and research. In another significant recommendation, the committee has said foreign universities will not be allowed to set up stand-alone campuses in India but will need to have a domestic partner.
The committee has said performing states should be rewarded. Also, extra support should be given to teachers who have done outstanding papers and research. In another significant recommendation, the committee has said foreign universities will not be allowed to set up stand-alone campuses in India but will need to have a domestic partner.

Reviewing the functioning of existing institutions, the committee has said the National University of Educational Planning & Administration (NUEPA) should be completely overhauled since it has failed to deliver desired results. But the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has been praised for being proactive and transparent while UGC needs to be more transparent.
The panel has noted that poor quality despite massive expansion is one of the biggest problems of Indian education system. “In the last more than six decades, massive investments have been made in education but there has been a big question on quality. So far the tendency has been to make big-bang announcements without carrying out reform at ground level,” a source said.

The panel has noted that poor quality despite massive expansion is one of the biggest problems of Indian education system. “In the last more than six decades, massive investments have been made in education but there has been a big question on quality. So far the tendency has been to make big-bang announcements without carrying out reform at ground level,” a source said.

“Grading system will help government to find out why some schools are doing better and what intervention will be needed by the government. We are also serious about IES,” the source said.

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