In order to tackle the present day scenario of education in the country, the PM Narendra Modi has suggested a series of structural reforms in the basic education sector. He has entrusted ‘Niti Ayog’ to recommend the shortcomings of UGC and All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), which are the two major bodies responsible for conducting of education. He further suggested the schools to display grade-wise learning goals.
The students of the schools will be asked to evaluate their teachers and soon a teacher training university will come in place. A series of decisions were taken in a meeting conducted by the Prime Minister, including the HRD Minister Smriti Irani and other concerned officials. Niti Ayog has come up with a detailed outcome-focused presentation to curb the present sad state of education in the country.
“Access to school education has more or less been achieved. The problem is with quality. The meeting emphasized on outcomes, be it school or higher education. Equal emphasis was laid on vocational education”, said a senior official of the HRD ministry. The Niti Ayog has been asked to present recommendations to change the current state of affairs in the higher and technical education sector of the country.
Not only technical or higher education, but school education was also discussed in the meeting and it got decided that minimum grade-wise learning goals will be instituted in the school boards for students of Class I to VIII. The schools will now get graded and remedial classes for the students who are weak, will soon be started. For sharing best practices and impart knowledge to the students, national and regional level workshops will be held in regular intervals. The decision regarding ‘no-detention policy’ though was not taken in the meeting, but it was communicated that meanwhile the prevailing continuous and comprehensive evaluation will continue. The PM also suggested introducing 800 vocational courses as part of the secondary education syllabus in the meeting.